Thousands of young people across the UK are poised to boycott nightclubs for a ‘Girls’ Night in’ to protest a surge in cases.
Women from university cities like Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Bournemouth will stay on Wednesday night as part of the Girls Night In campaign, which focuses on “raising awareness and challenging clubs” to keep people safe.
Dozens of local Instagram pages have been created to spread the news of the campaign and attract thousands of followers.
It comes after hundreds of cases have been reported in the past few months, including drink spiking and injections.
A man appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of rape after complaining about a woman who said her drink had been fortified, reports the PA news agency.
Dale Garlick, 29, of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, was remanded in custody on Jan.
Greater Manchester Police said police received a report in September from a woman who said her drink was spiked and raped during a night in Stalybridge days earlier.
How many cases of beverage and injection spikes have there been?
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) announced that there were 198 confirmed reports of drink spikes and 24 reports of some form of injections in various parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in September and October.
Meanwhile, detectives are investigating six reports of women who were given injections during the night in Brighton during the past week.
Brighton Police Department Chief Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw said the reports were being taken “incredibly seriously” and urged all possible Spikings victims to notify the police or bar staff as soon as possible.
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