A woman has relived the horror of her drink being spiked in a Dundee students’ union after campaigners called for lids to be placed on drinks in pubs and clubs.
Girls Against Spiking have launched a campaign with the backing of Police Scotland.
It was revealed only a quarter of drink spiking crimes are detected, with only four recorded crimes in Scotland in 2018.
Rose Crowe, 23, a sales assistant from Invergowrie, had her drink spiked at DUSA The Union, calling the incident “a complete violation”.
The frightening episode, which took place in December 2013 when she was 18, is thought to have been the result of a prank.
She said: “It is definitely the worst thing that has ever happened to me on a night out.
“I went to the bar and paid for a drink then spotted some of my other friends and I went over to hug them.
“I left my drink for about 20 seconds before I came back to get it, so it was enough time to have been spiked. We went to dance after that and I only remember about 10 minutes of it before everything went black.
“When I woke up I was really scared and upset because I knew that someone had spiked me and that was a horrible thought.”
Rose was told that members of staff assisted her in the medical room after the incident.
She added: “I had stayed in the club by myself and someone had to be called to take me home.
“My cousin came to get me and when I got home, my mum could tell straight away I had been spiked because she hadn’t seen me like that before. When I woke up the next day, I knew something was wrong because I was really disorientated and felt strange and I had never felt that way with a hangover before.”
Rose did not report the incident because she had got home safely.
She added: “I think because I got home safe and wasn’t assaulted, I didn’t want to make a fuss and report it. But it was a complete violation and, in retrospect, I should’ve reported it.
“I was worried I would be blamed. I didn’t go out for a while after that. I’m really lucky that I got home safe.”
Campaigners described the 21 spiking cases reported in Scotland in the last six months as “a drop in the ocean”.
A Dundee University spokesman has said its policy is to report any drink spiking-related incidents to police.