While it is true that I sell Damsel In Defense I also review other websites as well to educate myself. I have learned that there is a big difference between voltage and amperage along with the fact that voltage cannot be accurately measured. While Voltage is the electricity that could be going through it the amperage is more important because it is the actual electricity going through the device. At least, that is my take on what I have been reading. Therefore, Damsel has taken on themselves to go ahead and do studies to understand amperage of the stun guns they offer rather than waiting for a mandate from the government or governing bodies to do this. I am very excited to be working with an organization that is proactive vs. reactive. While I do not know the amperage for our products just yet (as they are in the middle of their study). As soon as I know I will pass on the information.
Right now, just going to share the four different type of stun guns we offer and you can go look at more information on my website www.mydamselpro.net/PRO13361
As bad as the national statistics are for women in general (1 out of 5 for women and 1 in 4 for college age women) the statistics for American Indians and Alaskan Native women are even worse. The rate of domestic violence (including IPV) is alarming in this country. All of us need to offer support for women going through such a traumatic event and get them to the resources they need. I am not advocating taking them in or anything like that but rather get them help that they need as they will need counseling, secure shelter, etc. - which is best left up to the professionals to provide this type of service for them. But, we can support by encouraging them to get the help they need and get out of abusive situations. Below are some statistics that are just horrifying and further down is information with hotline #'s they can call. All of this information and more is available provided in the link below as well.
As always, I recommend that all women get themselves to a Self Defense class!
Violence Against American Indian and
Alaska Native Women
More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native
women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their
lifetime. This includes --
56.1 percent who have experienced sexual violence.
55.5 percent who have experienced physical violence
by an intimate partner.
48.8 percent who have experienced stalking.
66.4 percent who have experienced psychological
aggression by an intimate partner.
Victims and Survivors
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is dedicated to ending violence and increasing
safety for American Indian women and children. As the National Indian Resource Center, the NIWRC offers
resources aimed at enhancing the capacity of Tribal Nations, Alaska Native Villages and Native Hawaiians to
prevent and respond to violence against Native women and their children. Resources are available online at
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides highly trained expert advocates who are available
24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information,
or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. The hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate
support. Resources and help can be found by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or online at
The National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), provides access to a range of free services,
including confidential and judgment-free support, support in finding a local health facility, local resources
that can assist with next steps toward healing and recovery, referrals for long-term support, and information
about laws and medical concerns. Additional resources, including an online hotline, are available at
6th sense or Divine Guidance
Have you ever heard that little voice tell you "no, don't do it" or that feeling of dread - that you should not be doing something or going to a specific place. Some people call it a 6th sense and others call it a Divine Guidance but no matter what you call it - that little voice or that feeling is something you should listen to and not brush off.
I was listening to Joel Osteen on one of my drives from Arkansas back to NW Oklahoma to see family and he was talking about this very scenario. I do believe if we allow ourselves to be quiet and open to some guidance it is there for us. Whether it be walking out to our vehicle alone at the mall, or going to a party or even where we are parking.
Last night, I went to a restaurant and was using my Google Maps on my phone - of course they had parking on the street right out in front but had passed those when I saw the entrance to the restaurant. There was also a parking lot on the side of the building and a bench (used for bus) on the sidewalk on which I noticed a couple of people sitting. I pulled into the parking lot but immediately had an uneasy feeling about parking in this lot and originally thought it was because the spaces were designated for businesses that were already closed. None the less, as I sat there evaluating the situation, one of the guys from the bench started walking towards my car and wanted me to roll down my window. I waved him on and told him "no that he needed to move on", which they did. However, I still had an uneasy feeling about walking out to my vehicle by myself after dark. Therefore, I went ahead and left the parking lot, went around the block and parked on the street in front of the restaurant. Thus, I had a pleasant evening without any further incidence. But, had I not listened to that little inner voice my evening might have turned out much different.
Yes, I carry my Pepper Spray on my key ring but it is much better to avoid that situation to begin with and not be put in a situation to have to defend myself.
So, my advice is to listen to that inner voice or that nagging feeling you are having! Remember hearing of all those stories of people who were supposed to be at the Towers when they were struck but that they did not go or were running late for one reason or another. Maybe a little Divine Intervention or Guidance was involved that day for those people. No matter what you want to call it - LISTEN TO IT!!!
People tend to refer to a stun gun as a taser and they are NOT the same thing. It is important to note the difference as there are specific laws set forth that pertain to either stun guns or tasers.
Stun Guns you have to have direct contact with the stun gun to the person. It is a high voltage tool to quickly immobilize the attacker. It transfers the energy to the muscles of a person at a high pulse rate. As a general rule, a one-half second contact will repel and startle the attacker, they will feel some pain and muscle contraction. Thus the attacker will let go and you can take off and get out of there. One to two seconds contact can cause muscle spasms and a dazed metal state. The best place on a person to target with a stun gun is the large muscle groups - abdomen, groin, thigh, back, etc.
The energy will not transfer from person to person so even if the perpetrator has a hold on you - you will not feel it.
If your choice of self defense tool is a stun gun then you need to get over the fear of the electricity that comes out of it. The strength of the energy of the stun guns are not considered lethal. Also, you need to find one that will suit you and your personal situation. Does it fit your hand, easy to handle, etc.
The taser you do not have to have direct contact with the device to the person. The taser deploys insulated conductive wires with a maximum length of 15 feet. The BOLT transmits electrical pulses along the wires and into the body affecting the sensory and motor functions of the peripheral nervous system. It is not dependent on pain and is effective on subjects with a high level of pain tolerance. Persons with a very high tolerance to pain (e.g. drug abuser or a trained, focused fighter) may be able to fight through the pain of a tradition stun gun.
Taser technology is designed to cause incapacitation and involuntary muscle contractions, making secondary injuries a possibility. There is a difference between what the general public can use and what a police officer can use. The police taser is much stronger and have more projectiles, have further range and also shoot at a higher rate of speed. As a civilian, this cannot be legally owned without the proper training.
Which ever you decide to go with you need to check your state and local laws as their may be specific laws set forth for both.
The link below is where I have obtained some of my information and they also have a great list of Pros and Cons which I encourage everyone to go read before you decide on your choice of self defense tool.
Another website I have used for information is as follows:
No matter your choice of Defensive Hardware or Tools it may not always be the best option. Let us take Pepper Spray as an example. What if it is windy outside? Even if their is just a slight breeze and the wind is blowing in your face then the Pepper Spray would actually blow back towards you thus making you even more vulnerable to the attack. The nice thing about Pepper Spray is that they don't have to be to where you can reach out and touch them but they do have to be pretty close (i.e. max most of them spray is about 15 to 16 feet). Now let's talk about Stun Guns. These are not like tasers and they perpetrator has to be close enough for you to reach out and touch them. Also, if they are wearing a heave jacket / coat it is likely they will not fill the effects of a stun gun.
There are other options as well such as Kubatons otherwise known as striking tools, a very loud alarm and of course a gun (in states that allow conceal & carry). Remember a gun is not for everyone! You have to be prepared to use it and have the mind set to use it in the face of danger. If you do not think you can use it then do not get one. It can actually end up being used by the perpetrator against you as they will sense if you will use it or not. If not, they will end up taking it away from you and using it!
So, here are some things to keep in mind when determining your Defense Hardware. First - what are you comfortable using? Two - How will you carry it? Ease of access to it? Third - when thinking hardware keep in mind that two is one and one is one. It is always better to have more than one form of self defense.
Also keep in mind that you are your best self defense tool as well! Pay attention to your surroundings, head up - eyes taking in everything and being alert to your surroundings. Do not make yourself an easy target - those are the best self defense moves that you can have.
Also, whatever Defensive Hardware you decide on remember that you need to Practice, Practice, Practice! Think of different scenarios and practice getting them out of your purse, back pack, pocket, etc. If we do not practice and have some responses already in our minds then we tend to go blank and freeze when these events occur. So, it is imperative that you practice!