Is it a campaign to tackle drink spiking, or just more victim blaming?
“Pace yourself. Count your drinks, try a low-alcohol alternative, or have a ‘spacer’ of water between alcoholic drinks.
“Avoid shouts, drinking games or shots. Drink at your own pace, you don’t have to join in every round and consider buying a non-alcoholic drink when it's your turn.
“Eat before or while you are drinking. If you have a full stomach, alcohol will be absorbed more slowly.
“Stay busy. If you have something to do, you tend to drink less, so have a game of pool or hit the dance floor.
“Consent and boundaries. Alcohol can lower your inhibitions. Be aware of this and set boundaries for yourself before going out.”
These are just some of the twelve “Think Safe to Drink Safe” tips educating patrons on how to not get their drinks spiked…
This is exactly the kind of harmful victim-blaming bullsh*t that adds to the stigma preventing victims from reporting drink spiking and sexual assault.
The petition by What Were You Wearing? got over 20,000 signatures earlier this year, and clearly outlined the issues surrounding drink spiking, sexual assault, victim blaming and under-reporting.
Just a few months after the petition was debated in NSW Parliament with bipartisan support to amend the RSA to mandate trauma-informed training for all security and bar staff, the NSW Government launched their “Think Safe to Drink Safe” campaign — showing just how out of touch they really are and ignoring everything the community have been campaigning on.
As we head into party and festival season this summer, young people should be able to have fun without constantly fearing being drink spiked and assaulted. The Government must step up, take bold action and be consistent with their messaging that drink spiking and sexual assault is a crime, never okay and never the fault of a victim.
*Drink spiking is a criminal offence in NSW, and incurs fines and up to 2 years imprisonment. For more information about what to do if you are a victim of drink spiking, click here.