Women's Street Watch Newcastle is backing a boycott of the city's bars and clubs as they call on venues to take action to protect people from spiking.
The group, which was launched last month, sees female volunteers patrol Newcastle's streets every weekend to help women out and about at night.
Now the organisation is urging its followers to avoid the city's bars and clubs as part of a planned boycott called 'Big Night In Newcastle' on Thursday, October 28.
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The boycott, which changed its name from 'Girls Night In Newcastle' to be more inclusive, is encouraging drinkers to stay home to send a message that city nightspots need to do more to keep people safe from spiking.
Sarah Gate, Women's Street Watch Newcastle spokeswoman and volunteer, said: "We're encouraging our followers to take part in the boycott.
"We don't think that clubs and bars are doing enough.
"There is still a lot of onus on women to actually protect themselves and to be aware to put bottle caps on the top of their bottles to stop spiking and that is just not good enough."
Newcastle University Students Union is also supporting the boycott along with students in cities across the country.
The action comes after a number of reports of potential spiking incidents in Newcastle and across the UK.
However, Northumbria Police has confirmed that while it has seen an increase in the reports of potential drink-spiking, this is not reflected in figures showing a rise in offences taking place.
"It's exhausting as a woman having to feel like you have to protect yourself from people who want to cause you harm all of the time," Sarah said.
"When we are in clubs, pubs and bars we feel the club or bar that we are in has a duty of care to us when we enter their establishment.
"It's not our job as women to try and find a way to make ourselves completely bulletproof to spiking.
"There needs to be some sort of ownership from men generally and from bars, clubs and the police, to make sure that women can go out and enjoy themselves and stay safe."
Women's Street Watch Newcastle suggested that venues search every person coming in and called for tougher sentences for those found guilty of spiking.
The group said that women also need to be taken seriously when it comes to reporting incidents of spiking.
"We're hearing so many reports of girls who haven't been believed or they have been told that they were too drunk, their friends have been dismissed, that bouncers have escorted them to the street and that is where the responsibility ends," Sarah said.
The group said the boycott was about people taking a stand by not spending their money in venues that are not taking steps to keep drinkers safe.
Three Newcastle venues, The Market Shaker, The Dog and Parrot and Pumphreys Newcastle, have stepped up security measures in an effort to protect drinkers following reports of spiking in the city.
The owners of the venues confirmed that they have not had any confirmed cases of customers being spiked at their bars, but said they were taking proactive action.
Acknowledging their efforts, Sarah said: "Any step towards extra security is a good thing.
"We're glad some places are realising it's a major issue, instead of requesting women take care of themselves.
"But they should be going above and beyond.
"This is literally women's lives we are talking about."
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