Nightlife in Canterbury will be very quiet tomorrow – hundreds will boycott pubs and bars on Wednesday, October 27th, as part of the Girls Night In campaign.
The nationwide campaign was created to raise awareness of the signs of spiking. This comes after worrying recent reports of women being drugged – not only by drink spiking, but via injection.
Over 30 universities have joined the campaign, and in recent weeks, social media platforms have been flooded by users spreading awareness.
A petition requesting that the government make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests before they enter received over 166,000 signatures in just over a week, and this figure is still climbing.
New pages have been created to provide information about the anti-spiking campaign, as well as offer a platform for victims to share their stories.
Instagram account @girlsnightincanterbury says: “We are joining @girlsnightinnottingham and many other cities in protest, boycotting all clubs and bars in the city next Wednesday to show them how serious we are that they need to do more.”
The owner of the account has written an open letter to key members of the Canterbury community which addresses the public’s concerns and voices their suggestions.
Here are some websites that offer supports to victims of spiking: