The Truth About Pepper Spray

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It’s always good to have a pepper spray from Self Secure Products around for emergency.

A quintessential tool in self-defense is a shot of capsicum in the eyes of an incoming attacker. OC spray, commonly known as “pepper spray”, is widely used because it’s non-lethal yet incredibly effective. Today, OC spray is manufactured for different objectives with varying pressures and ingredients, some being utilized by police and military agencies worldwide.

What is it?
OC Spray—or oleoresin capsicum—was derived from the same terms of thinking as mace or teargas, except with peppers. In the past, ancient Chinese warriors used ground cayenne pepper to hurl at the eyes of enemies, and mail carries kept peppers and OC sprays with them to prevent dog attacks. The reason why capsicum spray is so efficacious is because of the lachrymatory agent, which causes irritation upon contact with the eyes or inhalation.

What does it do?
Pepper spray can hinder an attacker long enough for you to either escape to safety or disable them. Someone who’s been sprayed will experience the following:

– intense burning sensation
– non-lethal inflammation of mucous membranes in eyes, nose, throat and lungs
– painful breathing and coughing
– temporary blindness
– temporary loss of coordination

These effects can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the strength of the spray. How strong a capsicum spray is can be influenced by the heat or Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) of the pepper. Higher grade OC spray with 10% capsaicin will range from 2,000,000-6,000,000 SHU, which is the equivalent of 3 Naga Jolokia Peppers, the hottest on the planet! On average, store brought varieties contain around 5% capsaicin and run around 500,000-2,000,000 SHU. Unfortunately, the lower the capsaicin content, the higher the risk of failure.

Where to purchase?
Because your personal protection is gravely important, top-quality self defense products are definitely worth investing in.Self Secure offers a wide variety of maximum strength sprays produced by SABRE, the leader in OC sprays and trusted by law enforcement in over 40 countries. There is a selection of pepper gels and sprays in different styles available to fit your lifestyle. No matter which product you choose, keeping OC spray on hand will provide you with a sense of security so you can travel freely and safely.

 

Can You Travel With Pepper Spray?

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In the world we live in today, carrying pepper spray is a good idea for self defense. You never know when you may be in a situation when you will need it. The same goes for when you are traveling, especially if you plan to visit large cities or places you have never been before. The question is, can you carry self defense products with you on a plane? Read on for tips and advice.

Because of strict travel regulations, pepper spray is
typically not allowed in carry on baggage or on your
person. Even if the bottle is smaller than the three ounce liquid restriction, it is seen as a
weapon that could obviously incapacitate someone, and as a result it is not permitted on board
the airplane. This is true even if you are just traveling within the United States. Be especially
careful if you are visiting another country, as some nations have outlawed these products.
However, many airlines do allow mace in checked bags. To avoid potential embarrassment or
punishment, it is still a good idea to tell the airline that you are carrying it when you check your
bag. They may ask you to prove that the bottle will not go off unexpectedly, so pack it in an
easily accessible part of your suitcase. The best way to ensure you can bring your self defense
products with you during travel is to drive or take a train.
When shopping for travel sized security products, be sure to check out Self Secure brand’s on
the go section. They sell lots of compact, maximum strength products that will easily fit into any
bag. Most even have key rings attached to the bottles so you can clip them to the outside of
your bag. This provides quick and easy access to the bottle if an emergency arises.

Do Men Need To Carry Pepper Spray?

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Pepper Spray for Men. Everyone needs protection at sometime. Look to Self Secure Products for the latest products for men.

The question of personal self-defense is one

that has a lot of nuances to it. What sort of
weapon, if any, should you carry? Does your
gender determine what sort of weapon is
best?
There are so many different self defense
products out there that it can be difficult to
decide which is the right one for you. One that
men often fail to consider is pepper spray,
which is one of the most effective personal
defense products available on the market.
Pepper spray is often referred to as OC spray,
which stands for oleoresin capsicum.

Affordability

OC spray is made from a substance found in plants, specifically peppers, unsurprisingly enough. Peppers contain a compound called capsaicin that is exceptionally potent to the human senses. Capsaicin is the substance responsible for the hot taste associated with peppers, and it is a relatively easy compound to isolate and concentrate. Such easy access to the compound makes OC spray much more affordable than some other personal defense options.

Convenience

Anyone 18 years or older can legally purchase OC spray from any number of retail suppliers. It requires no additional license to carry and often easily fits in your pocket. The defensive weapon can be discharged at a moments notice, and it requires no special skill or advanced weapons training. That means that anyone, man or woman, can pick up a can of OC spray and use it like a pro. There are even products available on the market that include multifunction utility from a pocket-sized can of OC spray, like an additional keyring or flashlight.

Efficiency

OC spray is non-lethal, yet it remains one of the most effective methods of protecting yourself against an attacker. OC spray can hit an attacker in the eyes from several feet away, and even if the stream misses the attacker’s eyes, the gas will be strong enough to incapacitate anyone within the vicinity. In fact, OC spray is so powerful that the user often experiences a slight reaction just by being near the source of the spray. The potency of such a defensive weapon allows you to flee an attacker dealing with burning eyes. This is an excellent product for both men and women to use. Check out the product line at Self Secure Products to ensure that you buy the best possible self-defense product for you.

 

How to Stay Safe with Situational Awareness

Overview

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Always be aware of your surroundings, and in case of emergency have a SelfSecure product on hand.

Self-security should be a priority to you given the levels of crime, especially in urban areas. We provide a wide variety of high-quality self-protection products that targets the general public to enhance personal protection. Our inventory includes a full line of self-secure products such as pepper sprays at competitive prices. Before you get yourself in a scenario where you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from danger, it’s crucial to learn situational awareness tips so as to stay safe.

Importance of situational awareness

Situational awareness may involve how you perceive and comprehend environmental elements to space or time. In other words, you need to be aware of what is happening within your vicinity, where you are at that moment and where you are supposed to be. Your actions or decisions will create an impact at that moment or shortly after.
Situational awareness involves knowing what is happening around you and determining if you are safe. You are also supposed to know whether anything or anyone near you is a threat to your security or health. You should always ensure that you make the right decisions especially when you are in danger.
Situational awareness is significant to everyone as it guides people. It puts you in a situation of optimal observation. It is a fundamental backbone of collective security. It is important that you become aware of your surrounding (up to 50 feet around you) and the potential hazards you face. We provide state of the art self-secure products that can help you prevent dangers or attacks against you.
Self-secure products can help you stay safe as well as situational awareness can. You should be keen on anything out of the ordinary or anyone acting weird towards you before raising an alarm and defending yourself with a self-secure product. It’s important to note that situational awareness scenarios and baselines (what the typical situation usually is) differ from one to another.

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Staying Safe at College

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Being in college and surrounded by so many people can give you a sense of false security. You always think that they are as honest as you are, which is probably not the case. At times, it is hard to get someone who you can trust; therefore, you have to be cautious at all times.

Tips to stay safe in college
• Never allow technology make you unaware of what is going on around you. At times when you are using your smartphone or the MP3 player, there is nothing else that you can think of except what you are reading or be listening. This behavior should be avoided at all cost. At this time, you are highly vulnerable, and someone with ill intentions could take advantage of that.
• You should never walk alone at night even if it is within the campus. This is the easiest way actually that a person with ill motives could take advantage of you since there is no none to stop them or watching. If you have to walk around at night, make sure that you bring along some friends. That way you cannot be easily attacked.
• You should never leave your door or windows unlocked when you are indoors or outdoors. This is a standard security procedure that you should never ignore.
• Always carry some extra money just in case you need to buy something urgently or pay for a service you had not anticipated for.
• You should always know your way around campus. This will enable you move about with ease and also easily evade an attacker.
Benefits of having pepper spray
Besides following the above tips on how to stay safe in campus, you can also carry pepper spray with you just in case you need to disable the attacker. This is one of the self-secure products that you will find in the market.
• Using the spray you will be able to keep a safe distance and at the same time disable him/her.
• They are easy to carry around since they are quite small. Therefore, no one will even know that you have it with you.
• They are also easy to use too. All you have to do is press the lever, and the spray starts working.
• It does not leave permanent marks or damage. Therefore, you can be sure that the attacker will survive.

Be prepared as you head off to college by purchasing self-protection items from Self Secure Products. We believe that you are worth protecting and that being prepared is the best way to stay safe.

Healthcare Professionals and Self-Protection

Stay safe while at work! Remember that dangerous situations can arise anywhere!

Stay safe while at work! Remember that dangerous situations can arise anywhere!

Recently, a friend who works in the healthcare profession shared her reason for keeping pepper spray on hand while working. We believe that it is important to hear her story to understand the importance of always having self-protection products with you, whether you are at work or somewhere else.

“I have worked as a private duty pediatric nurse for 12 years. This means I go into a stranger’s home and care for their chronically ill child overnight so the parent or caregiver can sleep. People are always mesmerized by this concept. The number one question I am asked is ‘What is “wrong” with these kids to require a nurse in the home?’ While this is hardly the topic of focus, I’ll address it so we can move on. The majority of children requiring skilled nursing in the home have tracheotomies and are ventilator dependent. Having a tracheotomy makes it much harder to manage your own secretions; relying on an artificial airway means you are likely to run into problems simply because it is artificial. These kids must be watched at all times to ensure their airway is patent.

That being said, my job can be scary. I work nights in the homes of people I really don’t know! All the companies I have worked for conduct certain assessments and home checks prior to sending nursing staff to the home, but in my experience families are intentionally on their best behavior during these checks. You really never know what people are capable of until they are used to having you in their home on a regular basis.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has indicated that 48% of nonfatal occupational assaults and injuries occurred in a healthcare setting, with nurses most likely of all healthcare workers to be assaulted. I can tell you as a nurse, this is a staggering fact.

When I initially began working as a private duty nurse I received all kinds of training on self-protection and safety. I listened, but I’ll admit I didn’t necessarily believe it would ever be applicable.

Once I had been in private duty a little over a year I went to a patient home I had been in many times. I knew the family members well and I thought I was safe. Mom had just started a new job and was working graves. Shortly after she left for work dad came in the patient’s bedroom and struck up a casual conversation. After the typical small talk was over dad lingered and began moving closer. He was visibly excited and nervous and began making several inappropriate remarks. I told him I was not comfortable with his behavior and he needed to leave immediately. He remained in the room, continuing to move closer. Luckily, I had been holding my cell phone and quickly thought to dial 911. Once he realized what I was doing he left the room. I got lucky that time, but I vowed never to rely on luck again.

Finding yourself in a situation where you lack a self-defense plan is terrifying. Because I find the rewards of my job outweigh the risks, I will stay with my patients. But I will never be without a self-protection plan again. Carrying pepper spray is one of the quickest, most reliable self-protection plans this nurse will recommend.”

At Self Secure, we believe that you are worth protecting. You never know when a dangerous situation may arise; you could be at work, at school, or out with your friends. View the line of products that Self Secure Products offers and keep yourself safe.

Broken Down and Alone

Don't let a broken down car turn into a bad situation. Let Self Secure provide you with the best self-defense products!

Don’t let a broken down car turn into a bad situation. Let Self Secure provide you with the best self-defense products!

We’ve all experienced the misfortune of a broken down vehicle at one point or another. If you are unlucky enough to experience this out on the open road alone, it is important to have a plan ahead of time to know how you’re going to handle the situation.

Following these steps can help keep you safe and get you back on the road in no time.

  1. Get off the road ASAP. Unless something has gone incredibly wrong with your vehicle, you should still be able to maneuver it off the road. If getting off the road isn’t an immediate possibility, turn your hazard lights on to alert other drivers you are in trouble.
  2. Make that call. In this day and age, nearly everyone has a cell phone. Put that talk plan to good use and start calling for help. Did you know most insurance carriers have some kind of roadside assistance plan included in your policy? Check your insurance card for the assistance number.
  3. Air your dirty laundry. Normally it is not advised to let all your problems hang out in the open, but in this case you want others to know what is going on. Turning on your hazard lights is a great first step, but it doesn’t always signal to others you are having car troubles. You could be off to the side of the road to send that ever important “LOL”. If you can get out of your car safely, do so. Raise the hood of your car or set up a couple road flares if you have them.
  4. Stay where you are! Once you’ve set the flares and raised the hood, get back in your car and stay with it. If you’ve taken advantage of your roadside assistance program, you’ll need to be with the vehicle when they show up to help. Also, pedestrians on a busy road are a bad idea.
  5. Don’t be a hero. Unless you are actually a mechanic, don’t take this opportunity to flex your automotive muscles. If the problem is something obvious, like a flat tire or a loose battery cable, and you have the know how to solve the problem, by all means, solve away. Otherwise, leave it to the professionals.
  6. Think before you act. Just taking a second to think through the problem can save you time and money. Let’s say, hypothetically, you decided to ignore the “FUEL LEVEL LOW” warning light and ended up stranded on a quiet back road in the middle of the day where you’re familiar with your surroundings. In this instance you could probably head out on foot to the 7-11 you know is right around the corner. However, if you are out of gas on a busy highway, this might not be the time to see how quickly you can walk 8 miles.
  7. Stranger Danger. Some things never change. Your mom taught you this in kindergarten, and if she were writing this, she would teach it to you today. There are absolutely good people in the world who would be happy to help you. You don’t need to turn people down, but you do need to be smart about the help you accept. Remember, don’t leave your vehicle and don’t get in a car with strangers! If someone offers to give you a ride to a nearby gas station, see if they’d be willing to make the trip without you and return with some gas instead. Having a self-protection plan in place ahead of time is important. Keep a container of pepper spray in your car at all times. Make sure you grab the pepper spray before you step out of your vehicle. Keep it in your hand as your self-defense plan in case things go south.

While no one wants to deal with a broken down car, having a plan in place ahead of time will help you stay calm and think clearly. Take your first step now, check #7 off the list by purchasing pepper spray from Self Secure Products and solidifying your self-protection plan.

Online Dating – Safe or Dangerous?

Stay safe while online dating. Be sure to take your pepper spray when meeting for the first time.

Stay safe while online dating. Be sure to take your pepper spray when meeting for the first time.

In this day and age, nearly everyone knows someone, or is someone, who has met and then dated someone online. Twenty five years ago the idea of flying cross country to meet a potential mate face to face, who you had only previously known over the internet, was something that only happened on the big screen. Now cross country flights, casual coffee dates, and “I’ll be the one wearing the yellow dress” meet ups take place nearly every day. But are these meet ups safe or is there a need for self-protection associated with them?

Research shows that 61% of internet users who claim no romantic involvement, acknowledge internet dating as a viable option for finding a companion. Research also shows that 79% of current patrons of online dating sites believe online dating is a satisfying way to meet people. Further research supports these beliefs as the growing trend to meet people online is becoming more and more commonplace. Some even suppose online dating may be taking the place of more conventional methods of meeting people.

As these trends rise, the question must be raised: Is online dating safe or dangerous? Is there a need for self-defense when meeting up with a complete stranger? How can I protect myself if I decide to meet someone face to face?

When dating online, it is a good idea to abide by some simple personal safety rules:

• Keep your contact information private until you are absolutely positive you want to share it.
• Double check the profile picture. It is sad but true that some people post pictures of models or others in order to hide their own image. Run a reverse image search on Google to determine if a profile picture has been used elsewhere.
• Spend time getting to know the person. Ask a lot of questions and look for inconsistencies. If one day he/she tells you they attended college in California and the next week it’s Colorado, there’s a red flag on the play.
• Listen to YOU! Remember Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio? Hopefully you don’t have a talking cricket chirping in your ear, but you certainly have a conscience or personal intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Once a potential date has made it through the gauntlet of online dating and you’ve decided to meet face to face, follow these guidelines:

• Only meet in public places.
• Stay in the public place for the first few dates. If you feel pressured to leave this is another red flag on the play.
• Make sure someone knows where you are going. Tell your friend, your mom, your sibling, your psychic. Tell anyone you want, but make sure someone knows.
• Don’t drink! Sure, a drink or two can help break the ice but it can also lower your self-defenses.
• Bring your own set of wheels. Never get in a car with a stranger. Didn’t we learn this in kindergarten? It still holds true for adults. Unless you’re ubering or taking a taxi, you should each drive your own vehicle to and from the public meeting place.
• Carry pepper spray. No matter how careful you are in following safety guidelines when meeting face to face with a potential mate, you can never plan for every situation. Feel empowered and reassured of your self-protection by always carrying your best safety plan – pepper spray.

Self Secure Products offers great self-protection products such as pepper spray that is easy to conceal and carry with you at all time. Click now to view our products and protect yourself, because you are worth it!

Body Language of a Victim

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A study done of New York City citizens recently provided some insight into the body language that makes a man or woman more likely to be seen as a victim. Outside of immediately obvious cues, such as age, there were a number of characteristics that men convicted of assault pointed to as a trait that would make a victim worth the attack.

1. Victims walked with a long stride, as opposed to a medium or short one, positing that a long stride displays nerves.
2. Victims shifted their weight two-dimensionally, which pointed to unease and a desire to control their bodies unnaturally.
3. Victims walked “gesturally,” which means their walk only active part of the body, because they were holding the rest stiffly, showing discomfort.
4. Victims walking by “lifting” and dropping their feet rather than swinging naturally through the step.

Overall, the clear difference is the smoothness or consistency of the movement patterns. When you are nervous or uncomfortable, your movements become jerky and unnatural because you are thinking about a movement that should be natural. Awkwardness, whether perceived due to nerves or simply a trait of a clumsy person, paints you as a promising target

While changing your body language can go a long way to making you a less inviting target, it’s not a guarantee. Carrying a protective item, such as an alarm or pepper spray, can lead to even more peace of mind when on the streets. Self Secure offers items for anyone on the go.

Do Runners Make Good Targets for Muggers?

woman_joggingRunners usually look so focused. Add in the fact that they’re moving fast enough that catching them would require elevating your heart rate, and is mugging them even worth it? The statistics argue that yes, it is. Here are some reasons that runners make good targets and how you can minimize that risk.

First of all, many runners listen to music while on their routes. Running, especially distance running, can be a solitary, extended endeavor, and music lets you sink into a rhythm. But music also blocks out the world, which can leave you unaware of potential threats until they are already upon you. Consider leaving the music at home, listening to music low enough that you can hear your surroundings, or buying headphones especially made to allow in outside noise.

Secondly, most runners are prime targets because they are alone. No matter how fast you are, someone bigger can overpower you. Consider finding a running buddy through your social circle or even running groups. If this isn’t possible, try to find an area that has a lot of foot traffic, and if you are suspicious of someone, stay near others.

Third, many runners make the location of their valuables obvious. Whether it’s a phone in an armband or a pouch around your waist, muggers can immediately zero in on the area they need to target, so they waste no time fumbling. Either leave your valuables at home, or hide them in a non-obvious location, such as a single house key in flat waistband pocket.

As runners become more aware of safety risks, more and more are investing in small defense items, such as Self Secure’s line of discreet pepper spray. Next time you go for a run, know you’re not alone.

Why Aren’t More College Rapes Reported?

college_campusIt seems like it happens every week now. Someone you know, maybe intimately, maybe distantly, shares a story of how she was raped in college, years or decades ago, and never reported it. She’s coming clean now because she’s finally strong enough, because she doesn’t want people to go through what she went through. She knows that there’s little the authorities or the school can do for her situation now, but she hopes her story will help someone somewhere. Though reported campus rapes have been creeping upward in recent years, the percentage is still shockingly low. Here are some reason that might be.

1. Victims don’t want anyone else to know. In a tight knit community like ones within a college campus, having the stigma of rape victim can be emotionally devastating. They may fear not being believed or having people side with their attacker.
2. Victims don’t want to admit to themselves it was rape. The attack can stir up confusion, especially if the attacker was familiar to them. More likely, the victim would prefer to ignore the attack or pretend it never happened.
3. Victims don’t trust the police to get justice. With less than one-fifth of reported rapes resulting in a conviction, this is a very likely scenario. And since a trial can be public and difficult for the victim, it often seems easier to keep it quiet.

It is important to never make a victim feel blamed or shamed for her attack. But we can all take steps to assure that we feel safe on college campuses. Self Secure offers a line of products targeted to college women that you can always have on hand for peace of mind and protection.

Safety Tips for Kids

child_safetyWhen we think of personal safety, we think of the girl walking home from a party after dark. But over 50,000 children are abducted by people not related to them every year, and the number multiples by four when family member abductions are included. These numbers are large enough that we repeat “stranger danger”, but there are some more useful safety tips you can practice with your children.

1. Make sure your child knows that you are a safe resource. Listen to his or her day to day activities, especially if they seem troubled.
2. Teach your children why you have safety measures, such as the buddy system, in place. That shows them that you value their reasoning and can help them learn to trust their instincts.
3. Practice safety skills by giving your children scenarios and discussing their reactions to problems and why they are or are not suitable.
4. Show your child how to call 9-1-1 or your home phone number. Also be sure they know all emergency contact information, such as their full name and perhaps another trusted adult’s information.
5. Tour local areas with your child, pointing out safe routes or places to seek help.

Your child’s biggest resource for safety is you. Your behaviors and rules will teach them safe behaviors of their own. If your child is old enough and can be trusted with self-defense products such as pepper spray or an alarm, Self Secure offers a line of products that will help your child defend himself against others and help to give you peace of mind.

Tips on Being a Difficult Target

Don't be an easy target. Learn to protect yourself with Self Secure Products.

Don’t be an easy target. Learn to protect yourself with Self Secure Products.

In a recent post, we discussed several points that can make you an easy target, as described by actual attackers who were serving time in prison. Here, we’ll continue the conversation by highlighting the points that rapists gave about fighting off an attacker.

First, it can help to know the places you might be the most at risk of an attack. The three most common areas people are attacked or abducted include the following:

• Parking lots
• Parking garages
• Public restrooms

If you are in any of these places, it is important to keep a close eye on your surroundings. This goes for anywhere that you are out, especially if you’re alone.

Attackers are going to go after those they feel will not cause them any trouble. Therefore, if you are approached by someone who gives you a bad feeling, the first thing you might do is look him in the eye and say something. This lets him know that you have a solid mental image of what he looks like. If he continues to advance, it can help to loudly and firmly yell at him to stay back, and that you have pepper spray. Hold your pepper spray out to be ready to use.

Attackers will usually go after only those they suspect won’t put up much of a fight. By immediately asserting your willingness to defend yourself, you give him a strong message that he won’t get very far with you and might even sustain an injury.

One final point to note is that long, pointy or heavy items, including umbrellas, canes, walking sticks and the like, may deter a potential attacker before he even gets close to you. He could see these items as weapons that you’d use against him if he got too close. Items like pepper spray that you keep on your keychain are good alternatives for a long-reaching defensive object without having to carry around something heavier. Visit our website for a comprehensive look at the different defensive products available to you.

What Is Date Rape?

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For a sense of safety and protection, buy Self Secure products today.

You already know the warnings and details about rape and unwanted sexual touching: You could be attacked in a parking garage, while jogging at the park, returning to your dorm room or a myriad of other scenarios. Most of the time when the topic of rape comes up, the discussion centers around rape by a stranger. But what about date rape? What are the differences between an attack by a stranger and by someone you know?

First off, we need to assert that rape is rape, period. A rape is a criminal offense regardless of whether you know your attacker. Unfortunately, there is still a great deal of confusion and even stigma surrounding date rape. Some may say that it couldn’t have been a sexual assault if it involved someone you were in a relationship with. This could not be more false. Any form of assault or coercion that is against your will is not acceptable. Date rape can come in many forms, including the following:

• Someone pressuring you into sex or forcing himself on you during your first date
• A friend or acquaintance cornering you while you are alone or vulnerable and assaulting you
• Someone with whom you are in a relationship coercing or forcing you to have sex against your will, even if you previously had consensual sex before
• Being drugged with a date rape drug or plied with alcohol before you are taken advantage of

As the last point illustrates, being drugged may also count as date rape if you’re at a party and someone you know has used the drug against you, or if the same type of substance is used while you are out alone with the person.

Date rape can be especially confusing, because you may feel like you knew and trusted this person. You might wonder if what happened really counted as rape, or if relenting after coercion meant you consented. Not surprisingly, the emotional ramifications of date rape can be devastating. The most important thing to remember if you are a victim of date rape is not to blame yourself. It can be invaluable to seek counseling after a date rape occurs so you can begin to heal.

There are many things you can do that may help you protect yourself against date rape. Going out with friends, being mindful of your drink at all times and carrying a form of protection are all good ideas. At Self Secure, we offer discreet products that you can carry with you, to give you a strong measure of protection and peace of mind. Learn more by visiting our website.

Debunking Common Self-Defense Myths

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Learn to protect yourself using Self Secure Products like pepper spay.

If you’re like many women, you might be concerned enough about being attacked to take a self-defense class. While this is smart and can give you valuable skills to help you defend against a rapist or kidnapper, you should also understand that there are a few myths about self-defense that are constantly being circulated through word-of-mouth, the Internet and maybe even your own self-defense class.

Recently, Women’s Health published a great article addressing these myths. Here, we’re recap three that we feel are the most important to help you get away from your attacker in one piece.

Myth #1: You need to hurt your attacker.

Yes, you will need to disable your attacker by striking back, but the difference here is in causing pain vs. injuring him. Pain will only stun or stop him for so long. Causing an injury, such as breaking the bones in his foot, shattering his nose or cracking some ribs, should give you the time you need to get away.

Myth #2: Scream to attract attention.

If you’re in a populated area, screaming might get others to notice and make your attacker afraid of getting caught. On the other hand, wasting too much time hollering can give him an edge over you, and you can’t expect someone to immediately come running. Instead, focus on injuring him and getting away.

Myth #3: You must learn karate, jiu jitsu or another formal martial art.

The skills you learn in a martial arts class can be helpful, but you do not need to know perfect form, defense techniques and other mumbo-jumbo to ward off an attack. Even more helpful is knowing how to strike first, strike hard and cause an injury that puts your attacker out of commission. When shopping around for a self-defense class, choose one that teaches women how to deliver a heavy blow, as well as the best places on an attacker’s body that will allow you to escape.

In addition to knowing how to stop an attack and get away, it can help to have such self-defense tools as pepper spray and a personal alarm. Visit our website to learn more.