Kalamazoo Woman Calls Out Local Bar, Faces Backlash on Tiktok
Just last week we talked about an alarming accusation that Dana found on Tiktok where a young woman in Kalamazoo claimed that she and a handful of friends were drugged at a local bar.
With that being said, speaking out about these kinds of things can be utterly terrifying. People face backlash, are called liars and, in general, just put themselves out there as open targets for the public. It takes guts. And that's why I felt compelled to feature Grace Van Overberghe for today's Tiktok Tuesday.
Found on Tiktok as @gracevanoverberghe, her account looks pretty typical for a young woman here in America. She participates in Tiktok trends, does dances with friends, like this one:
She shares DIY hacks for clothing:
And makes sure to take no s**t from those trying to shame her:
And she even has a video showing off her encounter with some baby goats, which is always a bonus:
With just over 282k followers, it's no wonder why her message about the potential drugging of woman at a local bar, which you can see below, gained so much attention so quickly.
Out of curiosity I did a quick search on the reported number of women who have been drugged while out at a bar. Unfortunately, I didn't find any data more recent than 2016 however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claims that nearly 11 million women have been assaulted while drunk, high, or drugged.
This is a real thing. Happening to real people. Both men and women. I applaud Grace's courage to publicly speak out and warn others. And to answer your questions, yes. Grace has been accused of faking this for 'clout'. Again, she's having none of it. She responded with a video showing pictures of her test results:
Grace, I'm glad you and your friends are okay!
As for the investigation into Y Bar in Kalamazoo, it is still ongoing. We'll keep you informed of any updates. If you have any information you'd like to share please contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety or Kalamazoo's Silent Observer Program.
Every week we feature a SW Michigan content creator for TikTok Tuesday. If you or someone you know would like to be featured simply complete the entry form below: