Sheri Samson Local representative Madison Smith held a Damsel in Defense class on women’s safety in Hawthorne last week.

Sheri Samson
Local representative Madison Smith held a Damsel in Defense class on women’s safety in Hawthorne last week.

In 2011 a government study revealed that nearly one in five women had been raped or experienced an attempted rape at some point. One in four women had been beaten by an intimate partner, while one in six women reported stalking incidents from men. With this many prevalent numbers in society, coming out about the risk for women, was Madison Smith’s honest goal.

As a local representative for a company called Damsel in Defense, Smith was willing to take the time to conduct a free private class.

“The message is to equip, empower and educate. With violent crimes occurring every 26 seconds and children being abducted every 40 seconds across the nation, it’s time to protect yourself and others.” Smith had an array of items to purchase, which were able to render an attacker helpless. “Deterring someone from attacking you or giving yourself time to run for help can save your life.”

From a half ounce tear gas, purse-sized pepper spray to a small canister piece that can be mounted in your home, products ranged from preventative to actually engaging directly in one’s safety. To drive home the quality of the pepper spray products, a guide was shown. A serrano pepper was rated at 20,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Scale), while a ghost pepper was 855,000 SHU. The pepper spray offered by Smith had a two million SHU rating.

With other products disguised as keyrings, or palm-held striking tools, each product was tested and well thought-out by the original co-founders of the company. A unique “her-emergency” pack was available to keep in a vehicle, which was nicely contained in a small zip up bag. Stun guns could be ordered in choice of colors, as were striking batons. Products could be decorative while still being protective, which was appealing to most women.

Smith is available for questions or inquiries at 775-316-2116. Although the products are an unusual “party” presentation, thinking about a loved one and their security or safety should be a prominent concern. Even for a workplace many of the items were popular with the attendees.