Often, when a woman says she’s had her drink spiked, or she’s been sexually assaulted, a choir will promptly respond that she deserved it.
Her skirt was too short. Her hair was too long. Her eye make up was too dark. Her top was too low cut.
But this week, a Perth nightclub owner did precisely the opposite.
When 19-year-old Shantel Smith told Neil Scott her drink had been spiked at Rapture nightclub over a Facebook message, he told her she didn’t deserve it.
She wasn’t “attractive” enough, he insisted, to justify anyone wasting their drugs on her.
"Are you worth someone trying to spike your drink?" he asked.
It was as though Smith thought that drink spiking was a privilege reserved for the beautiful.
Just as one might deserve a promotion or an award, there are a select few women who are lucky enough to deserve having their drink spiked. And, according to Scott's once-over of Smith, she wasn't one of them.
Smith shared their correspondence on social media, and Scott's response quickly went viral.