As noted above: Bring a gun -- and bring a friend with a gun!!
The police spokesperson gave incomplete advice when advising:"Other
options include carrying pepper spray or a civilian TASER, if the individual
feels comfortable carrying it, Heiden said."It is pretty easy to
get a permit to legally carry a self defense handgun, and women should also
consider that. It may not be the answer for everyone, but for some women it is
an excellent option. Studies show that the mere presence of a legal self
defense weapon is enough to cause many criminal to stop their acts and flee, and
if that does not work, the victim still has the option to use lethal force to
prevent death or serious bodily harm.No woman should ever have to
fear for their safety. Make potential rapists fear that they may be killed if
they attack someone.