Student tells of ‘emotional trauma’ faced by spiking victims

A student who says she was “vaccinated by injections” at a Halloween event wanted to highlight the long-lasting trauma that sting victims are exposed to.

Mollie McCooey woke up dazed and confused the morning after a party at a Halloween event on the University of Birmingham campus. Her bedroom had still been knocked over in the clothes from the night before.

After sitting in bed for three hours trying to reconstruct what had happened, the 22-year-old was taking a shower when she noticed a small red stab wound on her right arm.

Speak with Birmingham Live, Mollie said she didn’t feel the alleged injection that night and didn’t notice the stab wound until the next morning.

Devon-based Mollie says the incident where she was in intensive care overnight caused her ongoing psychological trauma.

“It’s the emotional side of things that has been the hardest to deal with,” she says. “It shook me deeply. I can’t sleep in my own bed right now.

“Every time I close my eyes, I wake up and see the state of my room that morning. It was terrible. I have no recollection of how it happened.

“Your room is supposed to be a haven, a place where you feel safe, but the experience made me very unsafe about everything.”

After spending hours fainting on the night of the attack, Mollie is still unable to connect the series of events on Halloween night.

“It makes me feel very insecure,” she admits.

Mollie, who is in her senior year of college, has spoken about the stress the incident caused, with a combination of deadlines, police statements, and social gatherings to juggle.

“I feel very distracted, can’t concentrate, and have trouble sleeping,” she said. “When you look good people expect a lot more from you, but the truth is, I have trouble finding that drive to work.

“I’m just so emotionally drained from all of this. You want to end your senior year at university on a climax so you feel the pressure to dust it off, but it doesn’t go overnight.

“The fact that I was peppered on campus makes it very likely that the perpetrator was a student. I could literally walk past them at any time – it’s all very annoying. “

Mollie says it’s the ongoing psychological trauma that is often left out of the conversation about Spikings. She hopes that talking about her experiences will start that conversation.

“I want people to see the big picture. People always ask me how I’m doing and if I’ve still had hospital appointments, but it’s not just that, it’s all that comes with it. “

“Even the little things sound small, but I lost something very important to myself that night. It was a ring that has enormous sentimental value to me – I haven’t taken it off for over six years!

“I don’t know how I lost it or where it could be.

“Some people think that because a certain number of weeks have passed, you will be fine, but you cannot put the trauma into a timeframe.

“It is one thing to recover from the event itself, but you don’t forget it.”

Mollie was one of two girls allegedly given injections at the Fab ‘N’ Halloween party.

The attacks were two of 19 needle sticks reported to West Midlands Police over three months.

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