Non-lethal self defense gear in the form of stun guns, pepper spray, kubotans, alarms etc., is often all that stands between a victim of violence and an attacker. The statistics are horrific. 1 in 5 women will be the victim of completed or attempted rape in her lifetime. Those ages 12-34 are the most at risk. Every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the US. And that's just sexual assaults, it doesn't account for muggings, car jacking, kidnapping, or other violent crime. Facebooks new "no weapons" policy is not only keeping gun sellers and advocates from discussing guns it is keeping those of us who are striving to protect people through non-lethal means from reaching those who most need our help and it is hurting our businesses. We have got to be able to reach people, to educate them on how to be safe, and to show them how to best equip themselves because doing nothing will not be what saves them in the event of an attack.
Damsel In Defense Pros and others who work in the self-defense industry are here to help the people. Your policy, as it stands, does not allow us to promote a sale, a giveaway, an event, a safety tip, any post linking to our work websites or to statistics. You are effectively shutting us down from protecting people and from spreading our message of "Equip, Empower, Educate".
RAINN reports that 1 in 6 women will be the victim of attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime. Recently this number was amended to 1 out of 5. If you think about that it is truly staggering. Your new weapons policy means we can not promote sales, giveaways, tips, training or anything even linking to our work websites. Your policy, as it stands, is telling us and the people we are trying to help, especially women, that no form of defense is okay. It creates more victims.
The most at risk years are from 12-34 for women. Those are wives, mothers, sisters, daughters that need to be informed and educated and hopefully equipped to protect themselves because a pepper spray or a stun gun truly does help you go from completed rape victim to attempted rape victim who subdued her attacker, often a repeat offender, for police.
Please consider allowing the promotion of non-lethal self defense and of the pages that sell those items. We are here to see families safer and would very much like for Facebook to be a useful tool in the fight against sexual assault and violence.