With the goal of preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault in nightlife spaces, the International Nightlife Association decided to include in its international safety seal (International Nightlife Safety Checked -INSC-) a protocol known internationally as "ASK FOR ANGELA" , imported from Great Britain and which comes from the term Angel (protector). In addition, a new protocol to prevent drink spiking has also been introduced.

The venue’s staff is trained specifically on how the protocol works, how to act towards the alleged aggressor, how to address the victim, collecting evidence and calling emergency services (if necessary) among other additional roles of the security personnel and venue staff beyond the alarm of the victim.

If you feel that your drink may have been spiked or feel harassed or that you are in danger

  1. Look for a friend, a trusted adult or a member of the security staff or any another person from the venue staff and tell them that you suspect that you are in danger.
  2. If you do not have a trusted friend with you or do not find them, “ASK FOR ANGELA” to a staff member at the venue, they will understand that you need help and will provide discreet assistance.
  3. Make sure you go to a safe place as soon as possible, but do not do so with anyone you do not know or trust.
  4. If you think you drink has been spiked stop drinking and take the drink to the venue’s staff and let them know you think you may have been spiked.

Symptoms of drink spiking include:

  • Sleep, feeling drunk, woozy or drowsy
  • Headache, mental confusion.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Problems remembering, memory loss or "blackouts”.
  • Feeling “out of it” or drunker than expected, loss of inhibitions.
  • Difficulty concentrating or speaking.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Seeming intoxicated, not having consumed alcohol, or a small amount.
  • Loss of balance and difficulty moving, incoordination.
  • Visual problems, mainly blurred vision.
  • Feeling confused or disoriented, particularly when waking up if you have been asleep.
  • Paranoia, a feeling of fear or distrust of others.
  • Hallucinations, seeing, hearing or trying to touch things that are not there, or having an "out-of-body" experience”
  • Changes in body temperature, sudden sweating and/or chattering of teeth.
  • Loss of consciousness

If you believe your friend’s drink has been spiked:

  • Observe for any of the symptoms described above.
  • Don’t leave him/her with anyone you don’t know, and don’t let her go with anyone you don’t trust.
  • Take their drink to the bar and tell the staff that you suspect your friend may have been a victim of drink spiking.
  • Keep your friend from drinking more.