Women today are active and independent in their daily lives. However- they are not always safe. Joggers, hikers – even women who have been shopping at the mall can become targets of violent attacks. 1.9 million women become the victims of physical assault. Sexual assault numbers are staggering.
How does a woman stay safe and still live an active, independent life? Take a self-defense course. Use common sense to stay out of potentially threatening situations. Finally, invest in several personal safety items that can be carried along in a purse or car, like these items:
- Personal Alarms
- Striker Pens
- Stun Guns
Women who will be alone in situations like jogging, shopping or even staying at home should have ways to defend themselves. As the old saying goes “The best defense is a good offense” and this still holds true. Watch your surroundings. Keep your hands free to fight. Don’t be afraid to scream. However- if you find that you have to protect yourself using these simple items could save your life.
Mace/Pepper Spray comes in a convenient keychain-sized version. If you feel threatened or are actually attacked, aim this spray for the eyes and face. The mace will spray up to 30′ away – great to deter an attack. It also will burn and tear-up the eyes for up to 40 minutes, giving you a chance to get away.
Personal Alarms make a high-pitched screeching noise at high decibels. While it may not stop an attack, it will draw attention to you. Some of the models include bright LED lights that will blind your attacker temporarily, allowing you time to escape.
Strikers are for desperate situations where you are forced to defend yourself. These items can be pens with sharp caps, knuckles (think brass knuckles of the past) with thorn-like tips, or even cute but deadly kitty-shaped metal key chains. The striker usually has holes for your fingers. Grip the striker and the metal spikes and points are ready for throat or eye punches. These are meant to inflict serious harm. They can stop an attacker and keep you from becoming a statistic.
Tasers/Stun Guns use an electrical current to stop a violent attack. Two prongs with an electric arch will temporarily paralyze a person. Press the prongs into the neck and press the button. The shock will stop an aggressor from moving and put them on the ground. These come in a variety of models from lipsticks to actual gun-shaped models. There is even a model disguised as a Tampon. It will shoot out up to 14′ and delivers a 50,000 volt shock.
Self-defense can also be found in your shoes. The Kuba-Kickz is actually laced under your shoe strings. Three pointed nubs stick up – virtually unnoticeable unless you need them. In an attack, a victim can kick the aggressor in the shin, knee or groin area for almost immediate take-downs. The metal nubs add a devastating punch to a kick. The device is very comfortable to wear and keeps runners safe.
Rings can even be weapons in up-close violent situations. Specialized ‘rings’ made with serrated edges are like wearing a knife blade on your fingers. When you form a fist, the serrated edges pop up, providing an excellent way to slash your attacker. A top layer provides a protective covering over the blade while you are not using it. Simply wear the ring (or multiple rings) while you are running, jogging or anytime you are alone. The convenience of not having to carry anything, remember anything or pull it out of a pocket or purse could save your life.
Try to use common sense as your first line of defense. Don’t go running alone. Stay to well-lit, populated areas. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch when parking to make sure there aren’t vans or occupants beside your vehicle. However, when you find yourself in an unsafe situation, it is best to have several of these items to protect yourself. Carry several on your person at all times. With the disguised and discreet models available today nobody will ever know you’re armed.