“It’s scary to think that you don’t just have to look for strangers.”
One student said a friend had made it a night out, and later found out that they “thought it was going to be a laugh.”
At the end of her three-year dramatic studies at Scottish University, Gillian Riley went on a year-end night to party and say goodbye to friends. During the night I noticed it felt weird — “as if my insides were being pulled out,” says Gillian.
She was sick afterward for “weeks and weeks” and says she was later told by a friend that one of her other friends had caused her stress and “I thought it would be laughable to put something in her drink.”
Last year, The Tab found in a survey that 2,600 students believed they experienced a spike in the first few weeks of the college year — more than 11 percent of respondents. There have been hundreds of reports of a drink spike as well as an injectable spike in the first semester of last year alone.
“I felt very unwell and honestly thought I was going to die.”
“We always had an end-of-year celebration in college, and I went with all my friends that I’ve known for a while. I was in my senior year, so it was a goodbye for a lot of us,” Gillian told SWNS.
“I was drinking whatever was handed to me and was having a really good time but soon I started feeling weird. When I got back to my apartment it felt really weird, getting drunk wasn’t the usual feeling. I started getting real dizzy at first – but then I got this Sharp pains in my stomach, and I began to feel very nauseous.”
She said, “It was the next day when I learned something was really wrong – it felt like my insides had been pulled out, and I had been sick for weeks and weeks. I felt so unwell that I honestly thought I was going to die.”
“It’s scary to think that you don’t just have to look out for strangers. Sometimes, it’s the people you know.”
It made me doubt who I could trust.
Gillian says it made her feel betrayed and unable to trust people. “I felt really betrayed, you felt like you could trust people and it made me doubt who I could trust. At the time I didn’t tell anyone because I had been physically attacked before and no one believed me. They even said I was hurting myself instead of thinking it was my attacker – So I’ve been really wary of moving forward since then.”
She said, “Going to college is supposed to be exciting – you don’t want to think these things happen. You meet a lot of new people and you want to think that these people can be friends, but that’s not necessarily the case.”
“You might meet people who do this to harm you, or in my case, people who think it’s funny to make people angry.”
It happened in 2016 but Jillian says she was just able to talk about what happened. She is now 29 and studying adult nursing at another university in Scotland, but says it still affects her to this day.
“It made me anxious to go out and go to clubs,” she said.
“I’ve been really careful in freshman week and I’m very careful about the people I go out with. So far, there has to be a lot of safety to help people out on nights out. There are drunk and weak people walking around the campus, where is the security to make sure they come home? Well? “
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