CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The CDC says nearly one in five women will become a victim of sexual assault, while one-third will experience domestic violence. With staggering statistics like that, it’s no wonder why ladies are snatching up gadgets that empower them to take personal safety into their own hands.
It could be night, day, in a deserted area, or in a crowd; statistics show every 30 seconds a woman somewhere finds herself in the middle of danger or a violent crime.
"I find myself checking behind myself a lot or just like looking down if I'm passing streets,” says Taylor Wallos.
Alexis Wallos says, "You just are constantly like looking over your shoulder."
Ann Norvell is trying to change that attitude.
"We're targets because a lot of us just don't think that it's important to be proactive in taking care of our self-defense," Norvell said.
She wants women to understand there is something they can do to improve their chances in case of an emergency.
Norvell shared some of the newest products from her company, Damsel In Defense, that address when a woman is most vulnerable.
"If you're walking to your car, it's a dark area-- any area-- have it in your hand,” Norvell said of a stun gun.
It looks like a camera-- but it’s a stun gun outfitted with a flashlight and alarm. It even has a removable pin so an attacker can't use it against you.
Sisters Taylor and Alexis Wallos are new to Charlotte from Boston to study at UNCC. They were both shocked you could fit so much protection in small packages.
If you can’t get away from an attacker, the next best thing is to draw attention to what’s happening—like a keychain that sounds off 120 decibels to alert someone you need help.
One of the scariest thoughts for a woman is being attacked in the comfort of her own home. Now, there’s an alarm that could help you sleep a little better.
"If somebody were to touch my window, if I had it mounted to that or if they were to try to come into my door in a hotel, that goes off," Norvell says.
Women are also at risk when they find themselves stranded on the side of the road.
"It's a stereotype that we don't know how to fix a car," Norvell says.
There’s a traditional looking flashlight that comes with an alarm, a car mounting magnet, and a seatbelt cutting blade.
"This is a pressurized glass break tool, so if I needed to get out of my car in a flood, I simply hold that, this little tool comes out and it will break the windows."
This foldable sign comes in a pouch and lets others know you need help or help is on the way.
The Wallos sisters are convinced this sign would scare away phony good Samaritans.
“Guys will automatically just be, ‘oh, you ladies need any help?'" Alexis said. "A lot of time we know how to take care of it, so something like this just, 'no assistance needed, you don't need to pull over.' I think it would also make us feel a little safer."
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