A West Virginia University organization dedicated to keeping female students safe recently held an event on campus to equip women with the tools to turn back an attacker. Women Against Rape hosted a demonstration called "Mace a Criminal Expertly," which offered instruction on how to effectively and safely use pepper spray, The Daily Athenaeum reports.
Leading the demonstration was a campus police officer, Bobby Maldonado, who allowed himself to be hit with a spray made from alcohol and soap. Although students were practicing on him with imitation pepper spray, he has been hit with the real thing before - and he says the pain is worse than any broken bone he's ever had. Although not all students said they carried pepper spray, most recognized the importance of being prepared.
"Anyone out there can follow you, and you never know what they're going to do, so it's always good to be prepared," freshman Victoria Belfiore told the news source.
Pepper spray is a useful personal safety tool for anyone looking to boost her well-being. However, experts suggest practicing with the device beforehand to ensure that if it ever needs to be used it is done so correctly.