Women are attacked and harassed every day. In 2000, a survey found that almost all women had experienced street harassment, and 87 percent of American women between the ages of 18 and 64 said a stranger had bothered them at some point in their lives.
These statistics suggest it is critical for women to carry protection with them and be prepared to defend themselves against an attacker.
How to Choose a Personal Protective Device
When choosing a personal protective device, consider the range at which it will be effective. For example, you can use a gun or pepper spray from a distance, but a knife or brass knuckles will require you to be much closer to your attacker.
When looking at these protective devices and accessories, it is essential to choose a tool that suits your needs, satisfies your preferences, and, above all, makes you feel comfortable and safe.
- Concealed Carry
You can carry a gun either in your purse or somewhere on your person. The best concealed holster is one that is easy to access and comfortable to wear. There are holsters made specifically for use as a concealed carry for women. They are made to fit a woman’s body and are often smaller and lighter. They even come in different colors and designs, like this Tiffany blue holster or a psychedelic tie-dye effect.
One reason a gun makes an effective self-defense tool is that you can use it at different ranges. It can also intimidate an attacker without causing any physical harm. Simply firing a gun can deter an assailant. However, it is critical to familiarize yourself with your local gun laws and understand the licensing requirements and where you can and cannot carry a firearm.
2. Brass Knuckles
Self-defense experts often teach women to use their keychain as a weapon if they find themselves in a dangerous or threatening situation. That could mean using the weight of the chain to strike an assailant. Alternatively, a fist full of keys can render a punch more effective.
One of the easiest accessories to carry is a set of brass knuckles. You can add them to a keychain, transforming it into a far more effective method of self-defense. Some brass knuckles even come in fun shapes like the Cat Personal Safety Keychain, which uses the eyeholes as grips. Brass knuckles are a lightweight, useful weapon that can give you some peace of mind when walking home in the dark and can help you ward off an attacker.
3. Pepper Spray
Pepper spray is easy to carry in a purse, or you can attach it to your keychain for optimal accessibility and convenience. The range of most canisters is between four and 15 feet, meaning you can make effective use of pepper spray at a distance. Sprays like the Attack Self Defense Pepper Spray, for example, act as an irritant to the eyes and the skin of an attacker, immobilizing them so you can escape. Pepper spray is legal to use in all 50 states, but in some states you must be 18 to carry it and other states have restrictions on the amount you can possess.
4. Taser or Stun Gun
Tasers and stun guns work to immobilize an attacker with an electrical current. Though similar, there are some distinct differences between a stun gun and a taser that you should consider when deciding whether either option is the right self-defense device for you.
One of the most important differences between the two devices is their effective range. A stun gun requires direct contact with an attacker, while some tasers will shoot probes that can take out assailants up to 15 feet away. Tasers and stun guns are not legal in all cities and states, but they can be an effective way of disabling an attacker.
Some stun guns even come disguised as other objects like a tube of lipstick or a cell phone, making them easier to carry and potentially giving you the element of surprise. The Guard Dog Lipstick stun gun packs 3 million volts and is easily concealable.
You even have the option of a stun gun you can add to your keychain or one that incorporates a flashlight like the Terminator. This tiny stun gun delivers an amazing 25 million volts into your attacker’s body. Shine the flashlight in your attacker’s eyes to blind him before taking him out with the stun gun.
Batons go by many different names, including “truncheon,” “nightstick,” or “billy-club.” Batons are typically made of wood, plastic, or metal. A baton may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is an effective way to deal with an attacker.
It also acts as an excellent psychological deterrent. Batons come in a variety of types and sizes, including expandable batons, keychain batons, side-handle batons, collapsible batons, automatic batons, flashlight batons, stun batons, and pepper spray batons.
The Kubotan Self-Defense Keychain is a durable 6-inch stick that delivers a powerful blow to the pressure points. Online videos can teach you how to hold the weapon, the stance to use, and which areas to target.
Knives are one of the most effective and potentially deadly self-defense solutions. At close range, they can be more useful than a gun. There are a variety of self-defense blades that can do some serious damage but are small and easy to carry.
A good blade can prove useful in a variety of other situations, such as cutting through a rope or a seat belt. You also use the butt of the knife to break glass in an emergency. Another benefit of a knife over a gun is that you can carry a knife in many places where guns are prohibited.
Regardless of which self-defense tools—because you don’t just have to choose one—you choose to carry, make sure you familiarize yourself with how to use them and any legal issues regarding their possession in your city or state. Always be alert, stay vigilant, and avoid dangerous situations whenever possible.
Contributed by Benji Menez
Director of Marketing