Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. (YC.NEWS PHOTO/SHAWN COOPER)
Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. (YC.NEWS PHOTO/SHAWN COOPER)

Following a bombshell yc.news exclusive that took the internet by storm after nearly two-dozen men and women allege a Harrisburg based nightclub was a ‘drug infested rape den’ — the club announced it will now offer date rape drug test kits for patrons!

“We will have readily available test strips located behind the bar specifically testing for date rape drugs.” Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center wrote in an online statement Monday. “Patrons using the test strips can identify if drugs have been slipped into their drink by placing the strip into their drink, waiting a minute, and if the strip turns dark blue then it is positive.”

The best part of the new policy is if a drink is in-fact spiked, you could return it free of charge for a new one.

The owner of the club, John Traynor, stated on Facebook that the allegations were false and created by a meth dealer. “Totally fake news,” he wrote. “Do some research it[‘s] a total joke,” ending the statement with a laughing emoji.

Since the news broke Saturday, emails poured in from victims who allege they were drugged at the venue before being sexually assaulted. The latest victim filed a police report just ten days ago and a second victim stated police haven’t called her back after she filed a report in 2015.

“He started stomping his boot into the back of my skull is the last memory before waking up in morning and could see my surroundings,” she told yc.news, asking her name be hidden as police have not tracked down her predator. “Harrisburg police has all this evidence on my case but has done nothing.”

However, according to the club, they’re cracking down on future assaults by becoming proactive by providing their patrons date rape drug test strips. “Patrons with positive strips are requested to turn the drink over immediately to the bartender and explain the exact situation that occurred,” the venue wrote in the online statement. “[For example], if a stranger bought your drink, and it tests positive it will allow us to take proactive measures against the perpetrator. This allows patrons to better look out for themselves, because it can be tough for our staff to be checking in on every individual’s wellbeing at all times.”

“We will not tolerate sexual harassment, assault or aggression in any form at H·MAC,” the statement continued. “All drinks that are left unattended will be bussed and thrown out-even after a few minutes. This is the best way to ensure the safety of what you are consuming.”

As of Monday afternoon, approximately two-dozen individuals came forward to tell their story to yc.news.

It appears as though patrons are now safer than before, however, the victims still plan on attending the town-hall meeting to address the importance of sexual assault prevention.

YC does not typically name sexual abuse victims, unless they identify themselves publicly, as a few have done.

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Harrisburg Police Criminal Investigation Division urges anyone who has information pertaining to this investigation to call Detective Joseph Zimmerman at (717) 255-3180 or jzimmerman@harrisburgpa.gov.