Bid For a Good Cause: Pepperface Against Domestic Violence

05/03/2007 at 10:30 AM ET

Throughout this month, Lindsay Lohan, Carmen Electra, Denise Richards and Tori Spelling will all participate in the Pepperface 2007 Prevention Purple celebrity auction by creating customized Pepperface Edition Palm Defenders to support the end of violence against women. Each celebrity adds a signature touch to the pocket-sized pepperspray vials with crystals and precious stones. Carmen Electra, who decorated her defender with skull design, says of the campaign, “It’s so important to raise awareness about sexual violence. All women need to be educated so they feel safe and know how to protect themselves.” Bidding on the one-of-a-kind Palm Defenders is up on pepperface.com and will continue through the month of May with all of the proceeds benefiting the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

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Angela A. on

I disagree. I don’t think we can eliminate products like this from being useful even in domestic violence situations. Each case is different, and I’m sure this would save women (and children! in certain domestic violence situations. The bottom line is is to: PROMOTE AWARENESS of this issue and help to bring an END to it – in ALL aspects!

R on

Pricy. The ones who need that pepperspray the most probably can’t even afford that.

Angela A. on

At what cost is SAFETY worth? We spend $50-500 on shoes/etc, but can’t justify the cost of our own safety?
That doesn’t make sense – and that is where we need to look at it from ALL angles. I tell you what: I’d buy my 2 teenage daughters PEPPERFACE palm defenders MUCH faster than anything off the rack that they currently want! Plus:This is a ONETIME investment. This isn’t something you have to buy every season!KEY WORD: Investment. Safety is an investment worth investing in!

Mary on

R, are you kidding me? Any woman, regardless of status, income, or race, can be attacked at ANY time. Every female should learn how to protect themselves. Pepper spray is an excellent way to do this and is a much better alternative than, say, carrying a handgun in your purse.

faith on

i don’t know why people are attacking R. all she did was point out that these particular pepperspray devices are pricey. this company is not the only one that makes them though, and i would venture to say that there are affordable ones out there. come on, this is about combating domestic violence, not eachother.

FH on

The women who spoke about owning pepper spray and spoke about how it made them ‘feel safe’ made my point for me. They make you ‘feel safe.’ They provide a false sense of safety. If used correctly and in time to thwart an attack, can it work? Certainly. But ask any cop their opinion on pepper sprays (regardless of brand) and you will learn much about how often theses devices are used against the woman to disable her, or how often cops find these buried in the bottom of a victim’s handbag. Also, TS, you are 100% incorrect, most women never see their attacker coming, as they are usually grabbed from behind. Ask most victims of random acts of violence they all say the same thing “I never saw it coming, I never saw him until it was too late.” Its one thing to have a false sense of security, its quite another to be able to truly defend yourself.

If you are looking for a product that really can help you that will thwart an attack and draw a LOT of attention to you, I highly recommend personal alarms. These can be clipped to your pants and all you need to do is push a button. These alarms emit an absolute ear-piercing sound that usually can cause an attacker to retreat in pain, or at the very least draw so much attention to you the attacker will flee. Attackers want an easy target. Which again is why they use surprise to their advantage and attack you from behind. These are much more effective and easy to use, regardless of which angle you are attacked, you have time to push a button. Not only do they make noise but they flash a bright light, which will make it easy for bystanders to see you in the dark and provide help.

I speak from experience ladies, I once believed in the power of pepper spray and carried it too, in my hand. One night I was walking home and was attacked from behind. Even though I was fully aware of my surroundings, not on my cell phone, not listening to an iPod, knew where I was going, walked with confidence and had my keys ready, I never saw this guy until it was too late. He saw me though, and my pepper spray in my hand. The first thing he did when he attacked me from behind is knock it out of my hand and I was completely defenseless. Or so he thought. What saved me was I had taken a few self-defense classes and I knew how to defend myself from an attack from behind. I grabbed onto the arm that was around my neck and kicked backwards and down on his shin with my heel as hard as I could. If you have ever been kicked in the shin you know how much this hurts. He screamed and let go long enough for me to turn around and attack. Yes, I attacked him. Always remember ladies NEVER run from an attacker. Standing you have a chance of protecting yourself. Once you turn your back all it takes is one good push to lay you flat on your stomach and you are done. Even if he has a gun or a knife. In a public area, he doesn’t want to risk drawing attention, again, they want an easy target. Attack and scream FIRE! Screaming ‘help’ or ‘rape’ doesn’t work, because most people unfortunately won’t help you. But shouts of ‘fire’ bring people to their windows because they want to make sure its not their home on fire. I turned on him and kicked again. Then I gave him the ‘ear clap’ slapping at his ear with a cupped palm, hard and fast. This can rupture an ear drum and it causes considerable pain. That was enough for him, he took off. Later when giving his description to the officer who took my statement, I told him about the pepper spray, and he said that is typical and that I was lucky to not have it used on me.

I’m not against self defense ladies… I’m agains false sense of security. Educate yourselves, and protect yourselves!

HM on

Wow FH, you sure have some strong opinions. Maybe you should take your own advice in the last sentence of your post. Educate yourself. I own a Pepperface palm defender. It is COMPLETELY different from old style pepper sprays! It is virtually impossible to spray yourself because of the design. You hold it in your fist, not like a mini can of hairspray, so it won’t get knocked out of your hand. On contact it causes an attacker’s eyes to swell shut. How far do you think an attacker is going to get with their eyes swollen shut? It gives you the ability to get away and get the cops there. Your preferred method lets the attacker run away to find their next victim!!! That’s part of the problem, these guys aren’t getting caught. Maybe you should visit their website and see what this product is really all about. I actually agree with you about the old style pepper sprays. This one really is different!

GW on

The Pepperface units worn are on a keychain, or lanyard around your neck or wrist. I put my key ring in my hand when walking from the office/store to my car. I typically flip open the safety device during the walk and lock it down again once I get in the car. Never had to use it but that’s a good thing.

Angela A on

It seems everyone has gone completely off course here – what we are talking about is the 2007 Prevention Purple Celebrity Auction that PEPPERFACE is proudly a sponsor of. This company is promoting and providing a fabulous updated version of the old pepperspray. It’s easier to use, safer, all around better looking AND it is working directly with Project Purple and the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence to help raise awareness of our nations crisis with sexual violence against women. This is an EXTRA way to help protect ourselves as women, and obviously, not the only choice out there! All of the points made are totally valid – but instead of questioning them – let’s PROMOTE and HELP SPREAD the WORD! This is for an important cause that affects ALL OF US.

FH on

Gee… sorry I was trying to help women with my post HM. I’m very glad they have improved pepper spray, but this isn’t much different then the one I had, which I carried in my fist, and was on a keychain too, about the exact same size as the one shown here without all the bling. I would love to see it used in action when you are attacked from behind or from the side. It would be interesting to watch you attempt to spray someone in the face that you can’t see. I better get busy informing police officers and self defense trainers across the country that they are wrong to advise women to choose something else other than pepper spray, since the posters on people.com know better than they do.

Project Purple is a great cause…but I dont’ see what is off-topic about sharing my story and what I’ve been told about pepper spray overall. Obviously we have some posters here working either for Pepperface or Project Purple.

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