Spiking in Aberystwyth

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As an SU we are aware of increased spiking in our community. Those who spike our students are very much to blame and should be held accountable for their actions. We stand in solidarity with our students and anyone who experiences spiking.

Someone might spike you by:

  • Adding drugs to your drink - these could be ‘date rape’ drugs, prescription drugs or recreational drugs. Most ‘date rape’ drugs take effect within 15-30 minutes and symptoms usually last for several hours.
  • Putting additional alcohol in your drink
  • Needle spiking - If you suspect you have been needle spiked it is essential you talk to a trained medical professional.

All forms of spiking are criminal acts with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. If you have spiked someone, you have removed their ability to consent to sexual activity, this is rape.

Symptoms of spiking might include:

  • Loss of balance
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Visual problems
  • Confusion
  • Nausea and /or vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

If you suspect you have been spiked, we urge you to report the incident to the police by calling 999 and get help from a trained medical professional.

Your Officer’s Sabina and Hannah are working on various initiatives to reduce instances of spiking and keep our students safe in Aber:

  • Reporting tool – whether you have been to the police or not if you suspect you have been spiked please report it anonymously here. This will help us better understand how our students are being impacted.
  • Informational materials – we are working in collaboration with the University and Police to produce materials for local venues warning perpetrators of the consequences of spiking.
  • local venues – we are contacting local venues to sign our anti-spiking pledge and commit to increased spiking awareness.
  • Drink toppers – these are available at SU reception. We are also looking to source alternative toppers and testing kits.

If you need additional wellbeing support contact our Student Advisor Molly union.advice@aber.ac.uk or 01970 621712 

If you would like to find out more about the campaign you can contact your officers:

Sabina – President supresident@aber.ac.uk   

Hannah – Wellbeing Officer  suwellbeing@aber.ac.uk




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