Port Elizabeth Krav Maga instructor PAUL VOGTS warns La Femme readers on the dangers of drink-spiking and gives safety tips when out at a bar or nightclub
DRUG-ASSISTED assault and rape is on the increase in South Africa and it is important to lay the blame where it belongs: with the perpetrator, not the victim.
Nonetheless, it makes sense to be aware of the following safety tips when going out to a pub or club as you will be among people you do not necessarily know or trust.
- Make sure that someone knows where you are going and what time you will be home.
- When going to a pub, club or party; avoid going alone. Friends can watch out for each other.
- Nominate a drinks-watcher.
- Remember, alcohol affects your actions and your reactions as well as your ability to be alert.
- Be aware of what is happening around you.
- Never accept a drink from anyone you do not completely trust.
- Do not share or exchange drinks.
- Don't leave your drink unattended.
- Consider very carefully whether you should leave the pub, club or party with someone you have just met.
- If you begin to feel really drunk after only a drink or two seek help from a trusted friend. It is important to get to a place of safety as soon as possible.
- You must be sure you have absolute trust in the person you seek help from no matter how long you have known them.
- If you believe that your drink has been drugged or spiked then you need to take a urine sample as quickly as possible. This sample is very important evidence that may establish that your drink has been drugged. Best will be to go to your GP for the testing.
- Report the incident to the police.