“Girls’ Night In” is a campaign calling for a boycott of nightclubs next week in protest against the continued issue of drink spiking. Christ Church Students’ Union fully supports initiatives committed to ensuring women’s safety and supports the aims of Girls’ Night In. We are also standing with Reclaim These Streets and will be marching in November in solidarity against violence against women and girls, and we encourage our students to join us.
Our priority is to do all we can to help ensure students are safe when socialising. Drink spiking is never the fault of the victim. Drink spiking is a crime. If you think you have witnessed drink spiking then report this to the police, as well as CCCU Report and Support. If spiking happens in a licensed venue then you can report it to the duty manager and you can expect them to support you and those affected.
Christ Church Students’ Union work directly with Canterbury City Council, Kent Police, the Community Safety Partnership, the University, and other local stakeholders and agencies on tackling crime, raising awareness, and promoting safety around late-night socialising.
We expect all bars and late night venues to prioritise women's safety. We also have a long-standing partnership with Distinctive Bars and we work directly with Club Chemistry, Tokyo Tea Rooms, and The Lounge Bar & Kitchen on student safety and wellbeing initiatives. We are confident that Club Chemistry, Tokyo Tea Rooms, and The Lounge Bar & Kitchen have extensive proactive prevention, and reactive support, policies, procedures, and staff training in place that prioritise safety and wellbeing (scroll down to see those initiatives).
If we stand together, Canterbury can be a safer place.
You can find out more about the Union’s and partners' work to help ensure you have a safe night out here.
The drinkaware advice on drink spiking can be found here.
The University’s student wellbeing support pages can be found here.
The University’s Report & Support page can be found here.
Beth, Dan, Frankie, and Maddy
Christ Church Students’ Union’s 2021/22 Sabbatical Leadership Team