You may not always have the ability to carry your self defense weapons with you. If you're at the beach, you probably won't have a self defense pen in your shorts.
If you're leaving the gym in Yoga pants, you may not have access to the mace in your purse.
That's why it's good to make use of your environment to the best of your ability. Blackbelt.com wrote the following article on improvised self-defense weapons.
3 Types of Objects That Can Be Used For Self Defense
Betty Jo is home alone, wearing her favorite flannel nightgown. She shuffles into her U-shaped kitchen and fixes herself a cup of Sweet Dreams tea.
Suddenly, the kitchen door is kicked in and the prospect of sweet dreams turns into her worst nightmare. “Shut up! Shut the f*** up!” the hulking man spews as he closes in. Fearing for her life, Betty Jo backpedals in horror, becoming trapped in a corner.
The attacker slaps and punches her, knocking her to the floor. … The rest of Betty Jo’s nightmare appears in the morning papers.
It didn’t have to be this way, however.
Quick thinking, savage instincts, a surly survival mindset and some basic self-defense moves coupled with some improvised self-defense weapons could have turned her nightmare into his horror story.
Let’s replay this with a different ending, taking it from the moment the attacker enters:
In spite of her terror, Betty Jo glances around, hunting for and maneuvering toward self-defense weapons of opportunity.
Image credit: Gracie Mag
She feigns weakness, pleading to buy time, but has already made up her mind: The only way out is through. Taking matters into her own hands, Betty Jo erupts like a fireball.
What if you don't have weapons?
Violence against women is a universal phenomenon. Here in the United States the statistics are alarming. Nearly 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted, which means that there is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. (U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 2008-2012.)
However, we still think this is never going to happen to us. But be aware that: 44% of victims are under age 18 and 80% are under age 30, and Approximately 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, 38% are a friend or acquaintance. (U.S. Department of Justice. 2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005.) And more, 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within 1 mile of their home or at their home. Which, 4 in 10 attacks take place at the victim’s home, 2 in 10 take place at the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative and 1 in 12 take place in a parking garage. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics. 1997 Sex Offenses and Offenders Study. 1997.)