Defense Against Crime

29/01/2018

College Sexual Assault is more than just statistics.


According to RAINN.OrgEvery 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.

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Be careful when off Campus

Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.   You have seen these numbers; you may have even heard that 1 in 5 College females will be victims of a sexual assault.

Those number in those statistics are more than just numbers – they represent actual people who have been violated. That number is someone’s daughter, someone’s girlfriend, or someone’s spouse.  That number is a crime victim.

A southern college campus recently posted information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  We have altered some of the details as they are not relevant to this post.  We desire that every college student is aware of such crimes.

  • Incident:  Sex Offense – Fondling
  • Date:  January 2018
  • Time:  9:05PM – 9:10PM
  • Reported to:    City Police Department and College Public Safety
  • Location:  Streets near a college campus
  • Suspects’ status:  At-Large (later captured)

Incident description: the Female victim was walking west on Banana Street near Orange Street and was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect grabbed the victim’s breast and then ran to a dark gray or black pickup truck which was parked on Orange Street just south of Banana Street. The suspect fled the area southbound on Orange Street towards Grape Street.

This suspect may have been involved in a simple assault of a female victim in the area of ORANGE Street and Apple Street at approximately 8:50PM.

Suspect Description: White Male; Early to Mid 20s; 5’06”- 5’08”; Heavy Set; Dark Curly Hair; Mustache/Beard; Long Sleeve Brown Flannel Shirt; and Dark Color Pants.

Import Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.

Acquaintances, friends, or current/former romantic partners may assume that since they have had prior intimate encounters, they do not require consent for future sexual acts. Each sexual act requires verbal consent, otherwise, it is a crime. Tactics used by a respondent known to the complainant may include intruding into the complainant’s personal space physically, though seemingly accidental touches or casual hugs or touches. The respondent may play on the complainant’s emotional vulnerability or empathy by “sharing” personal information or stories so that he/she lowers their defenses. The complainant may feel uneasy and uncomfortable, but the respondent assures them that nothing is wrong and continues their assault, ignoring requests to stop.

On many college campuses, alcohol plays a large role in sexual assault. An attacker, often someone the person knows, may encourage or force a complainant to drink alcohol and become intoxicated or may take advantage of a complainant’s intoxication to forcibly assault him/her without consent. Respondents will seek out venues where intoxicated potential victims are likely to be, such as parties and bars. Some will put drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol, into a person’s drink to incapacitate them. GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, relaxes a person’s inhibitions, causing drowsiness, and may result in a loss of consciousness. Ketamine, also known as Special K, makes a person feel as if they are separated from their body and detached from reality. Rohypnol, or Roofies, causes a person to become drowsy, dizzy, and lack motor control and coordination. Respondents may also use pressure to try drugs as part of a social event before luring them away from the group.

Approximately 66% of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. To reduce the risk of similar crimes from happening, we recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with what constitutes sexual assault and, as a community, be vigilant in stopping it. For example:

  • Always seek consent. Stop your sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say “no”. Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the explicit consent of your partner is sexual assault. If either party is under the influence of alcohol, consent cannot be given.
  • The absence of a “no” is not a “yes.”
  • Avoid engaging in, supporting, or encouraging sexual harassment.
  • Do NOT use threats or coercion to engage in sexual activity.
  • Call for help if you witness a violent crime.
  • Do not take advantage of someone who is passed out, incoherent or otherwise incapacitated

To Reduce your changes

  • Take a Self-Defense Class like RAD.
  • Carry Pepper Spray
  • Walk with friends when possible.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. By Victor Swindell

 

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18/09/2017

Domestic Violence Resources


We were contacted by Jackie Cortez of the thepreventioncoalition.org and she provided

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the following resources for domestic violence. We are sharing this with you.

It seems that the issue of domestic violence has become such a national crisis that nearly everyone has been personally affected by it in some way. In my line of work, I see cases of abuse pretty frequently. It’s heartbreaking, but there are a lot of resources available for those who need help.

I noticed you already have some really wonderful resources on this important topic (like on this page: http://www.peppereyes.com/links), and I’d like to help contribute in some small way.

Addiction And Domestic Violence: A Look At The Connections
http://www.drugrehab.org/addiction-domestic-violence/

Talking to a Child Who Has Been Abused
https://www.extension.purdue.edu/providerparent/parent-provider%20relationships/Talking_Child_Been_Abused.htm

How to Stop Bullying in Schools
http://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-bullying

When It’s Time to Go
https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/faq/when-it-s-time-to-go-part-i

Domestic violence against men: Know the signs
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/domestic-violence-against-men/art-20045149

Staying safe before and after leaving abuse
http://nprdap.org/safety-planning/

12 Steps to Protect Your Finances When Leaving an Abusive Relationship
https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/life/leaving-an-abusive-relationship/

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

17/08/2017

Do you want cute, or effective pepper spray?


With college about to start up this week, many parents will be packing their young adults

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Bling Sting Pepper Spray is sparkly!

off to college. Some parents may be sitting down with their young daughters having ‘the talk’.  No not that talk, we are referring to the talk about sexual assault, and staying safe.  To remind you of the sexual assault statistics, 1 in 4 college age females experience some form of sexual assault while attending college.  As you may know as readers of this blog, we attempt to educate you about self-defense contingencies to reduce your chances in being part of that statistic.   I’ve also told you that many college campuses provide self-defense solutions ranging from RAD classes, Free shuttle rides, to escort services. This is a good thing and we applaud any and all efforts that college are taking to reduce sexual assault victims. It also appears that some colleges stores are now selling pepper spray. I was passing a student store on one campus and saw they were selling Bling Sting Self-Defense product.  First, let me state for the record that I’m for using any effective product that will keep you safe.  I will also say for the record I have nothing against the Niche marketing tactic that Bling Sting uses.  Really, I don’t. Now, that I have those statements out of the way let’s examine choosing effective pepper spray.

I have a question for you consumers.  If you were going to purchase pepper spray, what do you want? Do you want to buy something that is effective, or something mildly effective but a fashion accessory?  Now, mind you there are highly effective brands pepper sprays that come in fashion cases. Dooney & Bourke, Saber Red, and Streetwise offer pepper spray in fashionable cases. But should how a pepper spray case looks really be your primary deciding factor on picking your pepper spray?  Do you think your attacker is going to be impressed? What about your friends? That is what I saw when I looked at Bling Sting Pepper Spray.  I picked up a package of their pepper spray, looking for one thing -what strength it was, and also its Certified Heat Rating.  I guess it’s either I small print, or inside the package. Because I did not see it. I really did look.  In the FREE Guide to Pepper Spray, we tell you how to select pepper spray we don’t recommend a specific brand, but we do recommend that you look for what is legal where you reside,  it’s a good fit for you, and its effective rating (CHR or SHU).  The one thing we never mention was, is it a good fashion accessory for you?

In order to find out more about Bling Pepper Spray products I researched it.  This is one of the things we mentioned in the Guide to Pepper Spray, to research before you buy.   Remember, you are purchasing something to help save your life in a dangerous situation.  What factors are the most important to you?  One that should be important is effectiveness!

Here is the verbiage from their webs site

Blingsting pepper spray is not only the cutest pepper spray ever, but it’s the same exact formulation used in other pepper sprays you’ll find on the market. We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.

 Bottom line: it’s HOT AF and when used in a defensive manner, will cause major respiratory effects like choking, watery eyes, and temporary blindness for an hour or so. Yikes. Pepper spray is not a toy, and it’s not funny to use it in any way other than in a true emergency. It’s also illegal to misuse pepper spray. Jail is not a good look. Orange is not your color. Be responsible and be vigilant.

 Bling sting is the pepper spray so cute, it hurts! Ok, you can buy some now. Just make sure you are ready for TONS of compliments.

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I’m going to break these down. Again ,this really isn’t an attack against Bling sting but to educate you one marketing practices that are more about selling the product than protecting you.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I question various sales tactics.  But let us examine what they are selling you.  First Bling Pepper Spray IS Pepper Spray, there is no doubt about that.  Can Pepper Spray be effective for your self-defense?  Studies and experience says yes. Bling Sting does sell pepper spray.

Bling Sting primary attribute…it’s attractive.  OK that’s the hook of their product and it’s in the name.  So if Bling is more important than overall effectiveness against criminals, this Pepper Spray product is for you.

Bling Sting has the same formulation as other pepper sprays.  That’s like saying the Wendy’s burger had the foundation that other hamburgers have.  Generally, it can be considered a true statement.  But it’s a Whopper the same as a Big Mac?  Isn’t a Stake and Shake burger the same as White castle burger?  Not all pepper spray is equal. Isn’t Sabre Red Pepper Spray is slightly different from Smith and Wesson Pepper Spray that is slightly different from Streetwise…etc.

We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.  Hmm?  That remark about OC..what are they trying to convey to their target audience? Ponder that! As far as I know, all modern pepper spray is OC.  Most of the pepper spray sites that I have visited explain what OC means.  But, I guess they want you to believe something from that statement.

Now they clam at that 10% is the strongest allowed in all 50 States.  This is primarily true, based in current Pepper Spray State Restrictions. However, consider this fact – of all 50 states there is only one states (Michigan) that have a strength limitation. Many of the others have a limitation on size but not strength. The remaining states have no limitation at all. So if you don’t live in Michigan, why would  want a weaker pepper spray?  When it comes to Pepper Spray strengths you can purchase 5%, 10% 15%, 18% and 23% OC Pepper Spray. But what does that really tell you? Think of OC like liquor proof…the stronger higher the proof the stronger the liquor.  What kind of pepper spray do you want ,a wine cooler or Kentucky Bourbon, or Gin? Again, not bashing Bling Pepper Spray, one thing they don’t have to worry about is meeting the state requirements of Michigan.

The rest of their statement is true, Pepper Spray is not a toy, it can be considered a weapon. It is an effect means to disable most people, and in rare instances kill people who have pepper allergies. You can do an internet search for the number of criminals that use pepper spray. They close their ad with two statements, again focusing on their major selling point, it’s cute.

Their remainder page also tells about all the impressive places that Bling Sting purchased advertisements. Believe it or not companies can purchase ad space for the right amount of money. We get calls monthly from Magazines, Internet Radio Stations, Schools, Television Channels like Lifetime and more to purchase advertisement space.  So saying your products are featured on a media platform simply means a sales agent from that venue got a nice commission to place an ad for your product. Perhaps someone who was interested in their niche concept….cute self defense products.

I’m not even gonna mention the price… except you can get more effective pepper spray — for less..but sadly these stronger brands lack the bling factor that Bling Sting can give you.

Once again, I will reiterate something I said before.  I prefer you have something to defend yourself when the time comes, rather than nothing.

However, just like when you are shopping for a car, take the time to not get a lemon!

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

30/07/2017

Crime Do Happen On and Around Campus


According to RAINN.org Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault,

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some of these are college age females like your daughter.

One in five female undergraduates have experienced some kind of sexual assault while in college, according to a new study of students at nine institutions by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  These numbers have been floating around for decades. Politicians will argue over them, the victims don’t. Under the Clery Act and Title IX schools must report all known criminal activity on their campus. I wonder how many students and parent even bother to look past the pretty ivy to see what the criminal culture is on and around campus.  They are available on the college web site. Be honest did you look?

Just as crimes do happen in and around your subdivision, crimes do happen in and around college campuses. You can actually do an internet search to confirm this.

You should take an active role in increasing your safety or the safety of those you care about. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the chance that something may happen, there are strategies that may reduce your risk or give you the confidence to step in to prevent a sexual assault or other crimes.

Now on the positive site, many campuses put in various systems and educational programs that can help your young adult reduce their chances on being a sexual assault victim.  The have free rides, campus escorts to walk students back to their dorms, self-defense classes like RAD and many more. But these programs are worthless if the student decides to be stupid.

Some  of the campus police officers I spoke to at the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  said the biggest factor in sexual assaults is alcohol.  Once these young adult leave home they want to try new things often  in unsafe environments. This is when things can go bad. There was an incident that happened off campus that involved drugs and a young woman being gang raped. If you search this blog you can see similar campus crime stories that we posted. If you search the internet, you can see a lot more.

Just last week  in South Carolina, a college female was abducted and managed to escape her abductors.  However, it is not only females that are victims, four USC male college students who were moving into their apartments were robbed at gun point, forced to give up their wallets and cell phones and taken to an ATM and forced to withdraw cash, assaulted and dumped on a highway.

The point of all that I have written above is to make you aware that crime happens on and off college campuses and it’s up to your young person to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools that will reduce their chances of being part of a campus crime statistic.

I have made a point to write college safety tips in this blog and I will link to some of them below.

Here are some basic ones.

  • Trust your instincts, if it does not feel right…leave
  • Always beware of your surroundings don’t walk and text, and try to avoid dark places or areas you’re not familiar with.
  • If possible try not to be alone. Most criminals seek out single victims.
  • If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place you should plan an escape route in case something does happen. Know where the exits are or places you can hide
  • If you feel you have an opportunity to escape, take it, or be thinking about ways you can get away.
  • Self-Defense knowledge and Self-Defense products can make all the difference.
  • Each situation is different, and this is where knowledge, and training can increase your chances. When you go out, think about what could happen and how you can get away.

RESOURCES

Facts about Alcohol and College Sexual Assaults – https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/facts-about-alcohol-and-college-sexual-assaults/

Sexual Assaults do happen to College Girls

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/sexual-assaults-do-happen-to-college-girls/

Enroll in RAD and Become Safer

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/enroll-in-rad-and-become-safer/

College Safety Tips

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/college-safety-tips/

Safety Apps

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/a-cool-app-that-can-save-your-life/

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

14/07/2017

Before you send her off to College…


Ready4College_26Recent campus safety statistics show an increased danger for mostly female students—with up to 1 in 5 college women experiencing and reporting sexual assault and nearly 10,000 students each year enduring aggravated assaults and robberies during their time in college. These facts are gathered by the Government Crime Data.

PEPPEREYES – SELF DEFENCE PRODUCTS is working to enhance awareness of the safety steps students need to take when they get to campus or go off campus. However, we also want to encourage students to take every opportunity to learn the programs their campus offers to help keep them safe.

Here are a few things Students should do

  • Before unpacking your boxes, students should check out what free safe ride or the campus offers walking services.
  • Students should take every safety seminar or attend a self-defense class (like RAD). Many colleges offer student free or for credit, and the techniques and strategies can be lifesaving.
  • For students moving from dorms to apartments, a personal alarm, door Alarm provides portable security. Compact options of a Dorm/Apartment hidden safes for keeping personal belongings safe are also available.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Listening to music through headphones or looking down at a cell phone can impede your ability to be alert.
  • Prepare themselves with pepper sprays or other legal products—one of the most effective ways to deter or distract an attacker, and permitted on most campuses. PEPPEREYES – SELF DEFENCE PRODUCTS has the most potent and reliable options on the market.
  • Stick together—there is safety in numbers, so stay close to friends when going out or coming home late from parties.

 

Additional Tips is available in these articles

College Safety Tips

10 Back-to-School Safety Tips for College Females

Parents:

You baby is living home in their journey to adulthood. This can be exciting or stressful, just make sure you do your part in making them prepared for the new world and about choices and consequences. Remember most of the sexual assaults involve excessive alcohol. If you search this blog we provide different resources for you to use.

PepperEyes.com is hoping to give your peace of mind by teaching your offspring how to stay safe both on and off campus.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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