Stamp Out Spiking CEO Dawn Dines, Interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford

Thank you so much to David Prever’s of BBC Radio Oxford for giving Dawn Dines, founder and CEO of Stamp Out Spiking, the opportunity to speak about drink spiking on his fantastic breakfast show this morning (21st April 2022).

Alongside Dawn, David also had another guest to talk about drink spiking. Former Love Island contestant Sharon Gaffka, who has sadly experienced drink spiking herself. 

Stamp Out Spiking CEO Dawn Dines and Sharon Gaffka 

at the Good Morning Britain Studios

Sharon spoke about her experience and how she did not report it to the police, at the time it happened. Sharon said “I think it is really important to bridge the relationship between victims and the police to tackle this problem”.

From testimonials Sharon has gathered, it exposed children as young as fourteen have experienced drink spiking. Sharon reminded the listeners that it is not only date rape drugs that are used in spiking incidents, but also adding extra alcohol to other peoples drinks without their knowledge and consent, is a form of drink spiking in itself and this happens frequently amongst young people. 

David asked Dawn what she felt about the changes to the drug classification which has come into force this month. Dawn added that she “welcomes the change as it shows a clear message that there is a zero tolerance for carrying these drugs.” Sharon added that she also “welcomes the changes from the home office, but she is sceptical that this will help spiking victims but she is keen to learn and understand how this will impact sentencing.” 

Dawn also reminded the listeners that education is key and educating from a young age is so important. This is something Stamp Out Spiking are very proud to be involved in, with Dawn and other members of the team going to schools and other organisations to teach and educate on the issues of drink spiking, drugs and knife crime.

You can find more information on this here: https://www.sosglobal.org 

Dawn finished her interview by highlighting the point that venues, security staff and street pastors also need to be educated on drink spiking, so they know how to deal with incidents if they arise. Venues having a policy and procedures in place can help safeguard not only customers but the staff. Stamp Out Spiking are proud to offer the only accredited Drink Spike Aware Training Course

Hear the full show @

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0bylr9k

(Interview at 2 hours 18 minutes)