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Almost three months ago the GirlsNightIn campaign saw Nottingham residents boycott clubs to spread awareness of spiking, now they want spiking to become a specific offence.

The petition began on social media, with a pledge for Nottingham residents to avoid clubs on Wednesday, October 27 2021 to ensure that the rising issue of spiking was taken seriously.

More and more victims of spiking were coming forward to share their stories, and in December, Nottinghamshire Police has received 146 reports of alleged needle spiking.

19 year old Sarah Buckle; a student at the University of Nottingham, woke up in hospital with no memory of the night before, after her terrifying experience.

Sarah Buckle, spiking victim

 

 

“MY FRIENDS IMMEDIATELY COULD TELL THIS IS REALLY SERIOUS”
SARAH BUCKLE, SPIKING VICTIM

Sarah was enjoying her freshers week when she was spiked by injection, she explains she felt ‘sick and violated’ by the experience.

“In the taxi I was violently sick to the point where my friends immediately could tell this is really serious, something has happened, she’s not intoxicated, this isn’t what this is”.

Audio: Sarah Buckle, from the University of Nottingham talks about her spiking experience 

For many students across Nottingham, Ocean Wednesday is the highlight of their week. Dressing up in themed costumes and making their way through various Nottingham bars before ending up in the club makes for a very fun evening.

However, people were sceptical to see if students would join in on the boycott, however many students were adamant it was the right thing to do.

 

After months of students not being able to enjoy their social lives because of the pandemic, to now fear heading out because of spiking was unfair and caused many to stand against it.

Click below to see why students boycotted clubs on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Even though Spiking is no longer headlining the media, there are still calls for parliament to ensure better staff training, easier ways to report attacks and spiking to be made a specific offence.

  • The petition for parliament to make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests on entry has received 174,059 signatures.
  • With numerous cases of weapons and ‘date rape’ drugs being brought into clubs, nightclubs are arguably not doing enough to prevent this.
  • This response was given by the government to the petition: The law already allows licensing authorities to impose conditions such as searches. Decisions on this should be made locally, taking account of circumstances, and there are no plans to change the law.

The GirlsNightIn Campaign has been crucial in raising awareness of spiking and continues to support victims.