Shortly after we were married, I remember seeing “Breaking News” pop up all over Facebook and the news sites in our local area. In broad daylight, on a local river trail, a college-aged girl had been found, raped, beaten, and left to die. She was yards away from her apartment complex, and barely survived. They still haven’t found the guilty party. A few months later, another girl was beaten with a cinder block and raped on that same trail, left to die as well. That young woman survived, but not without permanent health problems. About a year and a half later, another girl was attacked, cut with a steak knife, and sexually assaulted. Although she was more-or-less physically fine afterwards, she was described as “100 percent traumatized.”
You might be thinking that these girls must have been on some dark, secluded trail. Until we moved about 100 feet from this same river trail, I kind of was under the same impression. But let me tell you, it’s not. It’s a lovely little trail, next to a park, grocery stores, and houses. There are some tunnels that are kind of creepy. Forrest and I often went on walks with Jack there, when we lived near it. But let me tell you, I never dared to go there by myself. I was home, less than 1/2 a mile from where the last attempted rape occurred, and just the thought terrified me. Admittedly, I am a very paranoid person who is always convinced something bad is going to happen, and hearing about these poor girls didn’t help with that…especially when we lived right next to this river!
I’ve always thought I should invest in some pepper spray, but I never did. However, when my friend, Anita, from Live Like You Are Rich (seriously, go read her site. She’s amazing!) told me about the TigerLight, and their new product that is about to be released – the Peacekeeper Mini, I knew I had to sign up.
What is the TigerLight Peacekeeper Mini?
The Peacekeeper Mini is a non-lethal protection device, designed to help protect you in a violent attack (whether it be rape, robbery, animal attack, or abduction. It’s equipped with a bright light that can temporarily blind an attacker, and the pepper spray that follows is more effective than typical pepper spray, because the attacker doesn’t realize it’s coming, therefore not being able to hold their breath. It’s small, and you are more likely to have it on hand than other defense methods (such as a gun, tazer, etc.) There was a study done on the TigerLight Series II (similar to the Peacekeeper Mini, just without one important feature I’ll mention in a few minutes) that, when it was use on 147 violent subjects, it had a 96% stop rate (which means, no further action was necessary), and an estimated 4-6 lives were saved over a period of 6 months. The 96% stop rate alone outweighs other non-lethal devices effectiveness rates.
The most unique aspect of the Peacekeeper Mini, in my opinion, is that there is an option to have it be bluetooth enabled. If you use it, an alert will be sent to your family members, alerting them that you are in trouble, and your exact location. Until I heard that, I wasn’t totally sold on getting one, but to me, that is invaluable.
Who Needs This?
I think a better question is, who doesn’t need this? While statistically, women are more likely to be raped than men, anyone is subject to being an victim of a violent attack (I’m pretty sure animals don’t have a preference!) This is a product that I think just about anyone should get, but I’d definitely consider getting one for yourself (or your child) if:
- You run alone
- You often are in places that aren’t well-lit (such as a parking garage)
- You are a teenager or pre-teen
- You walk in the dark
- You are concerned about your safety!
- Someone who doesn’t want to carry again (for any reason — I fully support the right to carry, but I don’t want to carry one, myself.)
When I was in college, I often had classes that ended after the sunset, and I’ll be honest, I was a little scared more often than not walking by myself back to my apartment. I almost always walked with a key in my hand — it was about my only defense mechanism! I feel like if I had had one of these devices, I would have felt safer. Thankfully, nothing ever happened to me, but I know others aren’t so lucky.
Here are a few stats (from TigerLight’s website)
- Over 22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime.
- 18.3% of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape.
- Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
- 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12; 29% are age 12-17; 44% are under age 18; 80% are under age 30; ages 12-34 are the highest risk years.
- Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
How To Get It:
Until May 2nd, you can sign up to purchase one one at $40, and you will also receive a free practice canister. You will also get a free t-shirt and you will be eligible for 20% off anything on the TigerLight website for a year. After the campaign phase for this product is over on May 2nd, the price will increase again by about another 10%. At this point, production will begin, and the companies goal is to ship before fall semester.
All purchased during the campaign will receive the bluetooth added at no additional charge. Sign up here!
I’ll admit that I have never even used the product, or even seen it in real life, but I signed up to buy the Peacekeeper Mini as soon as it is released, and I decided to write a post because I think this is a product that so many of our readers, friends, and family members can benefit from.