Stopping spiking and supporting survivors

Sign our petition

At the moment, spiking has become a major issue at Aberystwyth- with many people being affected by it whilst on a night out. We decided to write a motion and submit it to the Students Union Senedd, if adopted it will become part of SU policy. It aims to try and prevent spiking and the consequences of it, as well as support those who have experienced it. The text of the motion is below.

You can support the motion by signing this petition, which will allow us to gauge interest and share support statistics across our social media. If you are on a society committee, you can also get your committee to support the motion in its entirety.

Read our privacy policy here.

The full motion:

“We note that there has been a substantial increase in spiking cases in Aberystwyth, with many of our students having experienced it. This has been confirmed by both the University and the police. Due to the dangers of spiking, and the number of incidents that have occurred, we believe that it is important that we take any measures we can to both avoid such incidents and support those who fall victim to such incidents.

The first section of this idea is around avoidance, with the Student’s Union (SU) buying test strips that can detect common ingredients that are used to spike drinks. This will enable students to test their drinks on a night out if they are worried- meaning that they are able to stay safer and potentially reduce the chances of them consuming a spiked product. Additionally, test strips also provide a quick way to determine whether a drink was spiked if a person thinks they may have been, which will enable a person who’s been spiked to seek medical help immediately and earlier on. Whilst these strips will not pick up every potential substance that could be used to spike someone, it at least increases the protection level that students have on a night out.

To ensure that students can access these products, they should be available at the SU for collection- with them also being advertised on the SU website, by email and via digital channels. Moreover, these could be funded via grants from external organisations like the police or other alcohol awareness and sexual assault charities. If a funding source cannot be found, the meantime should be spent working with local bars, pubs, and club to try and get them to stock the strips. This will ensure that students are still safe no matter where they go out in town.

The second section of this idea is to ensure that when in town students are safe and can easily get help. A major part of this is making sure that students are aware of where to go if a spiking incident occurs. Therefore, the SU should also contact local bars, pubs and clubs and publish details of where to go and what to do in each of these venues on their website. This will make sure that students have somewhere that are able to easily reference if anything occurs, and that they are also able to read these before a night out so that they know what to do if something does happen. Moreover, the SU could also work with different venues and share good practises, with these hopefully improving the level of safety across Aberystwyth as a whole.

The last section of this idea concerns the support that victims of spiking receive. Under current academic procedures, in some departments, students who are a victim of spiking may be penalised academically if they miss a class due to the incident. This is due to attendance being a contributing factor in some modules towards the total module grade. Therefore, we believe that the SU should work with the University to change these procedures and ensure that students are not ever given an unauthorised absence if they are spiked. This should be the case even without any proof, such as a police report, with this policy recognising that not all victims of spiking feel comfortable reporting an incident to the police or even anybody at all.”

Clubs/societies backing this motion

There are 19 clubs/societies who support our motion, you can see them below.

Aberystwyth University Swimming and Waterpolo

Aberystwyth University Swimming and Waterpolo is one of the largest Sports Clubs in Aber. It includes training and events for people of all abilities and interests.

Aberystwyth Conservation Volunteers

ACV is a practical conservation volunteer group run through the university.

Fantasy and Science Fiction

A friendly group who do weekly TV and film showings, along with games nights and low-key socials, and one-off events.

Aberystwyth University Law Society

Aberystwyth University Law Society (AULS) is an academic society that wants to help our Law students get the best out of studying here in Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth Animal and Veterinary Society

We welcome all animal-loving prospective members and those who have an interest in the animal sector into the Animal and Veterinary Society (AAVS)!

Aberystwyth Business Society

The Aberystwyth Business Society aims to enhance students skills and to support students.

Slovak and Czech Society

A community of students related to Slovak and Czech Republic and students interested in the culture and languages of these countries.

Amnesty Society

As an affiliate of Amnesty International, they connect, petition and inform people about human rights violations around the world. They also host webinars with speakers, organise campaigns and meet for socials.

Crisis Games and Model United Nations

The Aberystwyth Crisis and Model UN Society (ACMUN) run Crisis Games (modelled on the very successful InterPol Department Games), holds Model UN simulations, and competes in national conferences.

Aerial Fitness

Aerial Fitness offer pole fitness, aerial hoop gymnastics, and strength and flexibility sessions for people of all abilities.

Wrestling Society

The Aberystwyth Wrestling Society is for all fans of wrestling, the casuals and the diehards.

Aberystwyth University Liberals

Aberystwyth University Liberals are campaigning for a brighter future for Wales and the United Kingdom!

Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink is a CoppaFeel! Aberystwyth Uni Boob Team fundraising and awareness society for the charities CoppaFeel!

Tarannau Cheerleaders

Tarannau Cheerleaders is the club for everyone who wants to be part of a team that trains hard, has fun harder, and makes memories together.

Asian Society

The Asian Society also known as ASOC celebrates South Asian culture and heritage.

Art Society

Aber Art Society is a friendly and creative society welcome to everyone, no matter what art skills you have. From art students and those who want to learn about art, to people who join purely for fun!

Feminist Society

Aberystwyth University Feminist Society aim to bring about awareness for the inequalities that women-presenting people face in their everyday lives.

Women’s Football

A friendly, successful club that embodies the term Work Hard, Play Hard! Everybody is welcome to become part of AUWFC.

Harriers Athletics and Running Club

As one of the fastest growing sports clubs in Aber, they welcome all ranges of ability and experience.

Current progress on this petition

We currently have over 300 signatories. We will keep updating this figure daily, as the website does not automatically do it.