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Brenda Edwards recalls terrifying experience of being spiked on night out in London: ‘I was scared to speak out’

Brenda Edwards has recalled the terrifying time she was spiked on a night out in London on today’s episode of Loose Women.

The panel were discussing the worrying rise in women and girls being spiked on nights out, with some reports indicating that women are being injected with the drugs in clubs.

Brenda recalled the time she herself was spiked at the age of 19 as the panel discussed what clubs could do to prevent these things from happening.

She was out in central London with friends when the terrifying ordeal happened.

‘I wasn’t drinking alcohol,’ she explained, but said out of nowhere she ‘blacked out, didn’t know what had actually happened.’

‘When I go out now, ever since then, I have my wits about me even more,’ Brenda said, but accepted there’s not much a woman can do to protect herself.

She said, however, that she was ‘wary’ about saying anything at the time in case ‘nobody actually listens to me because I don’t have any proof and I don’t have any evidence’.

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Brenda was spiked on a night out withfriends (Picture: ITV)

The panel agreed this wasn’t good enough and clubs had to find ways to protect women, with Brenda suggesting stopping nearby men and patting them down to see if they were holding drugs if a girl is spiked in the venue.

She rejected placing the blame squarely on men for the huge rates of violence against women, however, saying she doesn’t ‘want to vilify men’.

‘I raised my son to have respect for others and respect for women’, she explained, saying he would never act like that.

The panel then watched a controversial video from police in Scotland which saw men describe how feeling like a woman owes you something, pressuring a woman for sex, sending unsolicited pictures or taking advantage of a drunk woman all leads to sexual violence.

The advert urges men: ‘Don’t be that guy’.

The segment caused a stir online, with opinions divided on the video.

One person said we ‘HAVE to assume everyone is ‘that guy’ to protect ourselves’, while a man wrote: ‘Are we saying no man should approach women, ask woman out on a date, compliment a woman? Are we saying all men are the same?’

Another man who described himself as a feminist said he would ‘rather a woman I don’t know … sees me as a potential threat than trust the wrong man who ends up assaulting them.’

He added: ‘Understanding the bigger picture&being part of the solution is not worrying about being “vilified” if it keeps women safe!’

A woman said it is ‘not just men injecting girls …so this men bashing has got to stop. Because you’ll be looking for the wrong suspects assuming it’s only men.’

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The uncomfortable segment opened an important discussion (Picture: ITV)

Katie Piper, also appearing on today’s show, told the story of when she was being driven to a friend’s house in a taxi, and the driver kept asking where she lived – where exactly she lived- and if anyone was at home.

Katie told him to stop asking and they moved on to other ‘small talk’- but within minutes he came back around and started asking her again where she lived

She said she put the uncomfortable experience on Twitter and lots of women came forward saying they had similar experiences.

However, she said, ‘Lots of men told me I was making a fuss.’

The subject of women’s safety has been thrust into the spotlight once again following a huge increase in reports of women being spiked in nightclubs since Universities reopened in September.

Police are even investigating majorly concerning reports of students being spiked by people who injected them with needles, with two Nottingham nightclubs under investigation.

As discussed on the panel today, the campaign group Girls Night In plan to boycott clubs across the UK from 28 October, with girls urged to host house parties or other safer events instead.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub


Credit: Original article published here.

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