A barman decided to literally give someone a taste of their own medicine, when he witnessed an attempted date rape. He was on duty when he noticed a man at the bar slip a drug into the drink of the woman he was with, he confessed on the app Whisper.
The man, who stayed anonymous, said that he waited for the right moment and when the man looked away, he swapped the drinks around so the would-be assailant had the drugged drink instead, His actions potentially saved his date from being assaulted.
‘I’m a bartender,’ he said in the anonymous confession. ‘Last night I saw a guy drug a girl’s drink.’ ‘When he wasn’t looking I switched the drinks. Watched the guy drug himself.’ The accounts posted on Whisper app cannot be verified as people submit them anonymously online.
And we should point out that the best course of action in a case like this is to call the police than put yourself at risk of potential prosecution. But it’s always good to take action and help someone if you sense they are in danger.
Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour.
These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts.
Nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year 1 in 5 women aged 16 – 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16
Only around 15% of those who experience sexual violence choose to report to the police Approximately 90% of those who are raped know the perpetrator before the offence
Several other people gave accounts of stopping assaults via the Whisper app. ‘Tonight I stopped a drunken girl from being taken advantage of,’ one person wrote. ‘I put her in a cab and sent her home. Got called a cock block by the guy who was trying to get her. I take that as a compliment.’
Another said: ‘A few years ago, my friend got some girl drunk and started taking advantage of her and I stopped him. Years later, he is no longer my friend and I’m getting married to the girl.’
Now seems as good a time as any to revisit this video circulated by Thames Valley Police, which clearly sets out all the situations in which can be twisted into ‘blurred lines’ territory by certain people – and why sexual consent should be a simple issue: