After The Mill failed to publish an investigation about a spiking in the Northern Quarter, I realised we were struggling against a bigger problem
A really balanced and worthwhile article
I've been trying to find out for the last couple of months when drink spiking first started. In 1972 I went back to a woman's flat and the last thing I remember is sitting on the floor listening to music and drinking a class of red wine. When I woke up in her bed, I knew we'd had sex but couldn't remember anything about it. Anyway, we got on fine and the relationship continued until she went back to the States. I'd never thought anything more about it until recently. These letters indicate it has been going on for decades https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/26/womens-drinks-were-being-spiked-in-the-1950s , https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/25/drink-spiking-was-a-worry-for-generation-x-too
A really worthwhile read. Especially as I know a young person who was likely to have been spiked somewhere within the Gay Village. Happened pre-Covid and they were on a night out with mixed gender friends. She ended up visiting SARC but didn’t want to make a formal report to GMP.
A powerful read and very important to be raising this issue. I suspect that I've been spiked on at least two occasions in Manchester's Gay Village in not too dissimilar situations. There is a real underbelly in the dance scene / gay scene where this practice has gone on for decades with people spiking others drinks with GHB.
Unfortunately this practice in the last few years is now spilling out into the wider community with very real and scary undertones as explained in the story above. I would hesitate to guess that there is a massive under reporting of this issue across all communities. Although thankfully I didn't come to any harm and had my wits about me, it never occurred in my mind to involve the Police and put it down to experience.
I will speak about this with my friendship group about their experiences of this topic, because as your probably aware with the case of Reynhard Signega victims very often do not report cases of spiking.
Great read and keep up the good investigative work :0)
I May Destroy You: Michaela Coel. Watch, absorb, repeat.
Depressing and frightening account. I wonder why the guy filmed her dancing with the ' random guy' ? ..was it to cover himself if needs be .