Monday, January 24

‘Girls Night In’: UK bars and clubs close in solidarity with Peaks boycott

Several bars and nightclubs in the UK have said they will close on Wednesday to “stand in solidarity” with a national outcry over the number of young women in nightclubs being drugged on nights out, often as a prelude to attempted sexual assault. .

The closures coincide with a one-night boycott of venues in more than 30 towns and cities, called in response to a worrying increase in reports of women being added to alcohol or using syringes.

The national movement, “Girls Night In”, began in the wake of several police reports that female students were injected with needles while out at night in recent weeks.

Reports have been recorded in Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow.

The movement hopes to show that women “deserve to have fun on night out” and denounce the fear and anxiety that women experience at the possibility of being drugged.

Oxford University’s Campaign Group Against Sexual Violence ‘Here it happens‘is participating in the national movement to tackle the problem.

Tasha Lovel and Timea Iliffe, the group’s co-chairs, have called on people of all genders to boycott Oxford clubs and urged nightlife venues to do more to prevent spike incidents from occurring.

“We have seen a phenomenal increase in reported and anecdotal evidence for spikes, including spikes by injection, which is an incredibly disturbing new way,” Iliffe told Euronews.

The campaign group against sexual violence, representing survivors and their allies, has also written a open letter to bars and clubs in Oxford asking them to take further action to address the problem.

“We have a responsibility to try to help address this problem whenever it occurs,” the letter says.

‘It Happens Here’ specifically asked nightlife venues what steps they will take to avoid drink spikes, whether their staff will be trained, their current policy to support people they believe they have received spikes, and their policy to identify and stop suspects of nailing others.

“So far, we have had a very limited response from the police and universities,” continued Tasha Lovel. “There have been reports from some universities that have even said ‘Don’t be fooled’ and a kind of blaming attitude from victims of not being a problem and ignoring it or going on and just completely invalidating the experiences of people who have received spikes. and that they raise their genuine concerns. “

“The first thing we hope to achieve is to really build momentum and show the clubs, bars, venues, staff and the police that we are taking this seriously. We are going to face this problem. We are not going to take attacks on something that just happened, something to be careful about, “Iliffe added.

“We do not have specific details about the motives behind the attacks and often neither do law enforcement agencies, because it is such an underreported crime that it is often too difficult to catch a perpetrator,” he revealed.

TO petition Calling on the British government to conduct extensive searches of nightclub doors, a legal requirement has received more than 100,000 signatures, meaning that Parliament will consider the subject of debate.

Check out the interview with Tasha Lovel and Timea Iliffe from ‘It Happens Here’ in the video player above.

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