Damsel in Defense equips women for self-defense
BATON ROUGE - Renee Donaldson from Damsel in Defense visited the studio this evening to talk about the company's assortment of self-defense products designed specifically to suit the needs of women.
The company was founded three years ago by two young mothers who were victims of attacks when they were younger. Sharing the pain of their tragic experience, they decided to come together to market non-lethal products that give women the power to protect themselves from acts of violence.
Renee said statistics show one in five women will be sexually attacked in their lifetime, and college age women are four times more likely to be attacked. With this in mind, the founders developed a personal mission to equip women with products to protect themselves and educate fellow females about the self-defense training that could make the difference between becoming another statistic and emerging empowered and unscathed.
The various product lines carried by Damsel in Defense come in fashionable designs and colors that are meant to appeal to a woman's sense of style, but Renee assured us in studio that the products pack enough punch to subdue even the most enraged foe. She showed us an "18% pepper spray" that is the strongest product of its type allowed by law and said the high concentration is more than capable of subduing an assailant who is under the influence of drugs that would otherwise make them impervious to non-lethal techniques. Pepper sprays are a self-defense essential and should be in every purse, according to Renee who said the company carries a variety of sprays starting at as little as $10. Thankfully, Renee did not demonstrate the spray on set.
Next, Ms. Donaldson showed us stun guns. Once used rarely outside of law enforcement, the product has risen in popularity in lockstep with spiking crime rates, and features like the disable pin Renee showed us in the studio have increased the safety of the product to make it a more viable self-defense option for women. Renee also showed us a Kubaton martial arts tool that has a specially designed point that puts extra power behind any strike in the event that a potential victim is drawn into close combat with an attacker.
Renee says the defense tools are a start, but awareness is the number one factor in staying safe on the streets. She also said it is important to have a plan of action for what to do in the event of an assault. Practice this by running through "What would I do?" scenarios where you create a plan based on a series of events that are presented to you. Renee also says learning self-defense moves can also make a huge difference if you find yourself in a situation where products like the ones offered by Damsel in Defense aren't available. Learning these techniques can also increase your overall confidence in the event of an attack.
Visit Damsel in Defense's website to check out their full line of products. Damsel in Defense's mission is to equip, empower and educate women with safety products and education, and they are always looking for ladies of a similar mindset to join them. Renee Donaldson is willing to meet with any woman, one on one, or even a group of friends or work colleagues to discuss personal safety in a world where women are frequently targeted. To set up a meeting with Renee, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (225) 278-7348. For more information about her, visit Renee's personal page on the company website http://www.mydamselpro.net/donaldson.
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