Strict survival guidefor schoolies week

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

TOOLIES, vultures and old men.

These are the names young women give to the older single men who try to pick them up in bars and clubs.

While the women know how to spot and deter these sexual predators, there is a more sinister threat now in bars: Drink spiking.

As schoolies week begins in Byron Bay today, police have urged schoolies to look out for drink-spiking ? where drinks are 'spiked' with drugs that leave victims vulnerable to attack and with no memory of what occurred.

For the group of new schoolies and older university graduates The Northern Star spoke to yesterday, the unbreakable rule for schoolies week is: Never let your drink, or your friends, out of your sight.

"You never leave your drink," Monash University graduate Fleur Christopherson, 24, said.

"You take it with you or you get your girlfriends to watch it," fellow graduate Georgie Walker said.

"We stick together in pairs, it's instinctive," Byron High student Melissa Marshall, 18, said.

Byron Bay High schoolie, Alyse Cameron, 18, said she was furious at friends who didn't look out for one of her girlfriends when she was partying on the Gold Coast.

"She blanked out and woke up in a hotel room with these two guys laughing at her," Alyse said.

The women also confirmed what police have long suspected ? that drink-spiking often goes unreported. One of the women said: "My friend didn't report it, how could she? She couldn't remember a thing and she didn't even know if she had been raped or not."



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