Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic

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Here’s a story out of the Los Angeles times where Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) called assaults on young women in colleges a Sexual Assault Epidemic.

“The prevalence of sexual assault on campuses is an epidemic,” Speier said in an interview. “It’s going to take money, resources, enforcement and a dramatic change in the culture” to fix.

Speier said research suggests that one in five women are sexually assaulted on campuses but that nearly two-thirds of universities shirk their legal duty to address the cases. Yet, she said national momentum is growing to take stronger action against the problem.

That as you know is only the tip of the iceberg. Fewer than 10% of all sexual assaults actually get reported according to one study. Part of the reason is that so many young women are drunk on alcohol or out of it from drugs that they actually came remember what happened.

Another part of the puzzle is said the assailants are known to victims in 90% of the cases because they are classmates or live together in the same dorm and see each other virtually every day.

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The best way to defend yourself against any kind of assault anywhere is with a self-defense product such as a stun gun or a pepper spray. We always recommend pepper sprays that are on keychains because that way it is with you all the time. The Mace Triple Action Spray as shown here has pepper, tear gas and a UV marking dye.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Sexual Assault As Normal?

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Here’s a story from the Huffington Post about perceptions that young women have about Sexual Assaults.

It raises one potential answer to why so many sexual assault crimes-nearly 250,000 a year ago-go unreported 60% of the time. The answer is many women do not see themselves as victims.

A sociologist at Marquette University analyzed interviews with 100 girls between the ages of three and 17 who may have experienced sexual assault. Overwhelmingly, their accounts indicated sexual violence has been normalized in their communities and they considered harassment an everyday part of life rather than a criminal act.

The same study identified several reasons why these assaults are not reported including; shame fear of retribution and mistrust of authority. “The most alarming conclusion, however, is that young women regard sexual violence against them as normal. Moreover, the girls interviewed believed that men ‘can’t help it’ and perceived ‘everyday harassment and abuse as normal male behavior.”

“One participant — only 13 years old — said harassment is standard in her school: ‘They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s OK, I mean… I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.'”

This study may account for many factors when it comes to sexual assault on women in high school and college and may even be a forerunner to domestic violence.

People in position of authorities like teachers and parents must teach young men and young women that sexual violence is not acceptable before media and community norms give the impression that it is.

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Young teenage girls need to learn how to defend themselves. We recommend a nonlethal self-defense product such as this 2 ounce flip top Fox Labs Spray which contains the 5.3 formula that has made Fox labs the most powerful pepper spray in the world. It fires heavy stream pattern up to 19 feet away and contains 18 half-second bursts. It also contains a UV marking dye for assailant identification.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Female Self Defense-Favorite Pink Stun Guns

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In today’s blog post we’re talking about the two most favorite pink stun guns that we carry. Pink stun guns are a favorite of women who are attacked close to nine times more often than men.

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The first one is so small that it’s actually keychain. It is called the SMACK Stun Gun and is 5,000,000 volts in one of the smallest packages or a stun gun you’ll ever find at 3.5″ T x 1.25″ W x 0.75″ D. it has a bright six LED flashlight built-in and it’s rechargeable so there are no batteries to buy. It has two levels of safety built-in also. It has a no questions asked lifetime warranty and comes with a free leatherette holster with key ring and clip.

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The second one is from Streetwise, known far and wide for their quality products. This Small Fry is 11,000,000 volts making it one of the most powerful stun devices available yet it is only 9 ounces and measures 3.5″ T x 2″ W x 0.8″ D. it has a protective rubber coating that covers the entire device to ensure a great grip in any weather or climate. The bright LED flashlight is as much is four times brighter than the competition. It uses nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries which hold a charge much longer than normal batteries. Two levels of safety are built-in. It also has a popular disable pin wrist strap. When worn properly, should the device be taken away from you in a confrontation it will disengage the firing mechanism so cannot be used against you. It is no wonder that this device is a certified best in class and represents a great value.

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Colleges Get Poor Grades On Campus Assaults

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Here’s a story from the Huffington Post on the pitiful grades that most colleges got when judged on Campus Assaults.

This may be young college students first encounter with the bureaucracy. To combat the red tape and lack of transparency, student activists have called on their peers, allied faculty members, the federal government, and organizations like SAFER to speak out in support of survivors and demand stronger, survivor-oriented college sexual assault policies.

The findings of the Campus Accountability Project speak volumes about the deficiencies of existing campus sexual assault policies.

• On average, the nearly 300 policies assessed in the database received a D+ grade with 80 percent of the policies receiving a grade of C or lower. No policy received a higher grade than B+.
• Nearly one-third of the policies did not fully comply with the Jeanne Clery Act — compliance with which is required by federal law in order for colleges and universities to be eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs.
• Only 40 percent of the policies mentioned the employment of a full-time staff member dedicated to providing sexual assault prevention and education programming for students.
• Less than one in five policies provided amnesty clauses for underage survivors who were drinking or survivors who were using other drugs at the time of their assault.
• And, less than one-third of the policies assessed in the database stated that a survivor’s dress and past sexual history may not be discussed during disciplinary proceedings.

While these policy shortcomings are undoubtedly problematic, they also create opportunities for administrators to centralize student needs in the reform of their institution’s sexual assault policy. By holding open forums to obtain student input or by inviting anti-rape student activists to co-author new or reformed policies, administrators can better incorporate the needs of students into formal policy.

What does it look like for campuses to have comprehensive, survivor-oriented sexual assault policies? There are key steps to creating safer campuses:

• Provide free emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors via the institution’s health center;
• Increase primary prevention efforts and create more opportunities for students to engage meaningfully in primary prevention activities like bystander intervention training;
• Ensure policies are accessible. This means they should be easy to find on the school’s website, readable, and comprehensive;
• Inclusion of amnesty clauses for survivors who may have been in violation of another school policy at the time of their assault;
• And, total compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX to ensure accurate reporting of incidents of sexual violence on campus and the rights of survivors.

These practices will help colleges and universities to develop policies that center on student needs and challenge rape culture on their campus.
Most young women on a college campus know that the best defense against any kind assault on campus is a self-defense product fits nonlethal in nature such as a pepper spray.

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This Mace Police PepperGard has been around for 20 years and is a time-tested way for anyone to defend themselves. It contains 20 half second shots up to 12 feet away. It also contains a UV marking dye for assailant identification after the fact.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Costs Of Domestic Violence

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This is an article that talks about Domestic Violence and the effects it has not only on the individual but on the cost to society as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), domestic violence costs society billions of dollars every year with employers losing $13 billion a year due to absences and lost productivity.

The CDC also estimates victims who receive medical treatment for physical assault face an average cost of $2,665.

“Direct medical expenses and mental health services in response to domestic violence cost nearly $4.1 billion each year. Of this total, less than half was covered by private insurers, and the victims paid about 29% of the costs.

Recently, the Affordable Care Act has mandated that screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence be included as one of many free services for women, meaning that many more women will now have access to needed resources at zero cost.”

Still, despite these triumphs, domestic violence remains a significant problem with close to one out of every three women the victim of domestic violence.

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Physical assault is the main culprit in domestic violence. Women who are in a domestic abuse situation need to learn how to defend themselves and protect themselves. One of the best ways to do that is with one of our 40 Keychain Pepper Sprays. Any one of them can incapacitate an assailant for as long as 45 minutes.

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Teen Dating Abuse Study Findings

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This is a story about Teen Dating Abuse the subject of a meeting of the American Psychological Association. Among other things presented at the meeting was this statistic; more than a third of teen guys and girls say they’ve been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey.

They want to teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships. But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.

Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically. Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were “much more likely” to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says. But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.

The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.

Both behaviors are often “about establishing dominance,” she says. The results suggest there is a “violence trajectory” and “if it’s not addressed, it will escalate.”

While programs at school and elsewhere in communities may help, families can play a central role.DUH! Teens, like adults, sometimes have trouble recognizing that they are in an abusive relationship, experts say.

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This Sabre disguised pepper spray I Phone Case has a 10% concentration of oleoresin capsicum and enough spray for 6 shots up to 10 feet away. It has an excellent way for young teenagers to protect themselves against physical assault.

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Sexual Assaults On Campus-Most Involve Drugs Or Alcohol

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Here’s a story about campus Sexual Assaults where US representative Pat Meehan R-Delaware, convened regional experts on campus safety last month to discuss the issue and come up with policy recommendations on how to narrow the gap between the number of actually assaulted women and the number who choose to report it.

Nearly 20 percent of women attending college are sexually assaulted or victims of an attempted assault, yet only between 5 and 12 percent of them report the attacks.

“That gap is staggering,” he said. “That amount of victims is eye-opening. We have a responsibility to work collaboratively to assure that we not only prevent future sexual assault in an environment like a college setting, but we are able to respond more effectively to those victims.”
Many women are under the influence when the attacks occur, he said, resulting in “incapacitated assault.”

“Incapacitated assault means that there has been alcohol, drugs, some other kind of agent that may have influenced the ability of parties to be appropriately responsive,” Meehan said Monday.

It has been estimated that as much as 70% of all sexual assaults on college campuses involved drugs or alcohol or both.

We recommend that young women everywhere, but especially on a college campus, carry a self-defense product with them. Products that are on keychains are best because they’re more likely to be with you at all times.

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Two of the most popular models are this Mace Triple Action (shoiwn above) and this Sabre Keychain Model. (shown below)

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Pepper sprays can incapacitate an assailant for as long as 45 minutes and are legal everywhere with a few cities and states having some restrictions.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Female Assaults On College Campuses

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Here is another story about Assaults On Women specifically in Missouri where U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has led a national push to scrutinize rape and sexual assaults of women on college campuses.

“There are young women that are victimized every day, every hour, at a college campus somewhere,” McCaskill told the News-Leader on Thursday. “Too often young women second-guess themselves. ‘I should not have been drinking. I should not have been in his room. I did not know him well enough.’

“They do that instead of taking a clear look and realizing that they have a been a victim of a felony,” McCaskill said. “You do not have to have perfect judgment to be a victim of a crime.”

McCaskill previously had focused her efforts on helping women sexually assaulted in the military.

One of the main differences between colleges and the military is that the military has a rigid chain of command, which in some ways makes addressing the problem simpler. Higher education has no such line of authority.

There are other differences as well but the main similarity is women on college campuses — like women in the military — live in small, closed communities where word travels fast. This makes some students reluctant to report.

Administrators too often do not support women who report they were sexually assaulted on campus. She mentioned high-profile examples at the University of Montana and Notre Dame University. The schools fear that such publicity hurts their image and their student recruitment, she said.

Colleges administrators have been openly hostile, she said, when female students allege rape and sexual assault.

Nearly one in five women in college are victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in their undergraduate careers, according to McCaskill’s office.

A report from the National Institute of Justice states that college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college peers.

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We always recommend that women on a college campus carry a self-defense product such as a pepper spray and one of the best to carry is one that’s on a keychain. We have many KEYCHAIN PEPPER SPRAYS to choose from. They are legal in just about all jurisdictions and can disable an assailant for as long as 45 minutes.

Pepper spray will cause intense pain, excessive tearing of the eyes and make breathing very difficult.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Teen Relationship Violence

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This is a story about how Teen Dating Violence is a growing concern all over the country. As many as one in three young women have reported they have been in a relationship where they have been injured or hurt in some way. But because of their inexperience and lack of knowledge officials say the worst part is that many teens do not even know the abuse is happening.

There is actually a move afoot to start teaching young teenagers in middle school about relationships and what constitutes a healthy one versus an unhealthy one. That idea is actually gaining traction because where else will teens learn about this topic? Right now many teens gain their knowledge of a relationship from electronic media including social media and friends and family.

That is why so many of them have no clue what a healthy relationship is or where the boundaries are.

We have always recommended that teenagers carry a self-defense product with them to defend themselves should they be physically assaulted.

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This Lipstick Pepper Spray provides discrete, effective and reliable protection with enough spray for 10 half-second shots up to 6 feet away. It is available in five colors

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Berkeley Campus Sexual Assaults

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Here is a story out of Business Week Magazine about how College Sexual Assaults are (mis) handled.

According to the story four women reported that the same student assaulted them. A school administrator asked that they put their story in writing and submit the stories to the administrator. For one reason or another, the written accounts never got filed. One of the students claim that the verbal accounting of the story should have been enough but the students (complainants) were convinced the school did nothing.

The perpetrator was allowed to go on a summer travel program and remained a member of the political club.

One of the students didn’t hear anything from the school for months but finally, eight months after she reported her assault, she received two three-sentence e-mails from Berkeley saying her case was resolved and the student was found “in violation of the code of conduct.” He graduated in December 2012.

Fast-forward to February 2014. The student wasn’t satisfied so she and 30 other current and former students filed two complaints with the U.S. Department of Education charging that the school violated their Title IX rights by mishandling their cases and, in some instances, discouraging them from filing reports. The 70-page, 35,000-word document alleges negligence, botched investigations, and general incompetence, and includes incidents that date to the 1970s.

The very best way that women on a college campus can defend themselves against the sexual assault on or off campus is with the self-defense product. We always recommend one that’s on a keychain because it’s more likely to be with you all the time. And you never know when you could be assaulted.

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But any pepper spray or stun device can help women escape a dangerous situation. This Wildfire 18% Pepper Gel has a range of 18 feet and can shoot as many as 40 half-second bursts.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Sexual Assaults In The Military

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This is a story about Military Sexual Assaults and the scourge that it has on military personnel. According to the Women’s Bureau between 20% and 48% of all female veterans have been sexually assaulted.

This is been going on for a long time according to them but only recently as its severity been brought to the public’s attention.

In 2012 for example soldiers were 15 times more likely to be raped by a comrade than being killed by an enemy.

Two women U.S. senators are working to change that: Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand. We note with interest that no male senators joined the bandwagon. We feel certain that is just a coincidence. Gillibrand has criticized Pres. Obama for failing to issue stronger reforms to protect survivors of military sexual assault.

“According to the U.S. Defense Department, out of an estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012, only 3,374 were reported. The low reporting rate is unsurprising – 60 percent of victims stated that they experienced consequences for coming forward and only 302 perpetrators were actually prosecuted.

These rates echo those of civilian rape; however, there is a strong argument that this is not a societal problem but a military problem.”

The rape differential in the military reveals that the military sexual assault rate is lower than the rate of civilian rape but higher than any other military crime. The recruiting process serves to weed out those with criminal records, yet this does not appear to hold true for rates of sexual assault.

One of the best ways that women can defend themselves against sexual assault is with a self-defense item that is nonlethal. They are legal just about everywhere and are an inexpensive, effective way to defend yourself against any type of assault.

We always recommend a product that can be carried on a keychain that way it is with you at all times.

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The Mace PepperGard Keychain is a good example. It has 20 half-second bursts up to 12 feet away and contains a UV marking dye too.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Domestic Violence Reviews

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Here is a story out of Jacksonville about reviews of Domestic Violence cases that occurs in Georgia.

According to an in-depth review of the cases conducted by prosecutors and other experts one out of every six Georgians killed as a result of domestic violence has sought help from a shelter or safe house.

Nearly 100 cases have been subjected to these intense reviews. Looking at all of them, the authors of the latest report identified some major elements that seem to correlate.

For instance, roughly one of every four murder victims began their relationship with their killer while still a teenager. And almost all of the victims had decided to leave the relationship or were considering it, what experts call the most dangerous moment. Only 58% of the perpetrators had a job.

The question is why these victims still died after going to the trouble to seek out assistance.

“Limited financial resources can be the single greatest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship.”

Domestic violence does not discriminate based on age, economic status, race, religion or education and impacts not only its victims, but those who witness it.

One in four women will be victims of physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse at some point in her lifetime.

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One of the best ways to defend yourself against any kind of an attack, especially a domestic abuse assault is with the self-defense product such as our 8,000,000 volt Small Fry Stunner that is only 4 inches long. A stun device can incapacitate an assailant for as long as 10 minutes giving you more than enough time to get away and seek help. No long-lasting damage is done. They are not legal in all states, so check with your local law enforcement office before you get one.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Best Fox Lab Defensive Sprays

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In today’s blog post we’re discussing the best Fox labs defensive sprays.

For those of you do not know “Fox Labs pepper spray has been a leader in the self-defense products industry since 1993. Fox sprays are used by more law enforcement officers nationwide than any other brand on the market. It is certified to be non-flammable and taser safe. Fox labs is the maker of the famous 5.3 million Scoville heat unit formula. Police officers nationwide count on Fox pepper spray to provide the highest quality ingredients delivering a consistently safe, yet debilitating defense spray”

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By far the most popular and best Fox labs spray is this Hard Case defensive spray that has the 5.3 million Scoville heat unit strength. It contains enough oleoresin capsicum to fire 10 half-second bursts in a heavy stream pattern up to 10 feet away. It is Taser ECD compatible and has a safety lock to prevent accidental firing.

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This Flip-Top Spray contains 18 half-second bursts up to 19 feet away. It contains a UV marking dye for easy assailant identification.

Those are the best Fox labs defensive sprays.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Escape To Freedom Or Domestic Abuse?

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Here is an article about Domestic Abuse and the decision that just about everyone in a domestic violence situation has to make. Do you try and escape to freedom or put up with the domestic abuse?
It may seem like a simple and obvious answer-escape! But for everyone involved in a domestic violence situation is not easy.

“To escape the violence, there are some factors that should be considered. Safety should always be a consideration. There are many women’s groups that are available to help. There is a twenty-four hour hotline for victims in most cities. Domestic violence awareness is growing and society has created resources for those who are being victimized. The victims will have support, therapy and a safe environment that will help to make it possible to escape to freedom and start a new life.”

Some researchers believe that the abuse is a learned behavior. They have stated that children who have witnessed any domestic violence while growing up, will become abusive when they grow up. Another theory is that society is male dominated and men see themselves as being in charge of women. This allows the men to be able to control women and view them as inferior. Mental illness could also be a possible cause of abuse. However, these theories have not been proven for all abusers. While some abusers do fit into one of the theories, each theory has examples of abusers who do not fit the scenario.

The escape from domestic violence will possibly feel like it is overwhelming and difficult at times. It is an abrupt change in behavior for a victim who has been mentally and physically trampled on and terrorized. Practicing the escape mentally, as much as possible, has been shown to be especially helpful.

Recently a survey showed that 22% of all Americans were victims of domestic violence, obviously the majority of those are women. Women who are in a domestic abusive relationship should have an escape plan formulated as part of her exit strategy and all women should carry a self-defense product with them such as a pepper spray or stun gun.

One of the best ways to defend against assaults even domestic abuse assaults is with a self-defense product such as our WildFire Pepper Spray which can immobilize an attacker for as much as 45 minutes.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Phone Stolen In Parking Lot Assault

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Here’s another story about a Parking Lot Assault where teenage boy reported that he was jumped by a large group of people who punched him and stole his cell phone. The incident happened at theHeritage High School parking lot after a sporting event at the school. The victim said he was walking across the parking lot headed home when he saw a white SUV pull into the parking lot and drive in the opposite direction of where you was walking. The SUV contained several occupants.

They later jumped him and stole his android phone. Sheriff’s deputies were able to view footage from the school security cameras which backed up the victim’s account of events.

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Assaults in parking lots are one of the most common places for them to occur because they’re usually remote and poorly lit. In this case, a self-defense product would’ve helped. The L’il Guy Stungun is nearly 8,000,000 volts of power.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!