It’s a frightening question to think about, but every woman should have an answer:
What do you do when a strange man starts following you?
While most of us like to think we’re doing everything necessary to protect ourselves, the truth is that many women will freeze up in such a situation.
And when you consider the fact that 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lives¹ – it’s clear that women NEED something effective, safe, and reliable in case the worst happens.
Even if you carry something like pepper spray (or a gun), you’ll likely hesitate to use it until it’s too late. You’ll ask yourself, “What if I miss and make him angrier?” or “Am I about to pepper spray (or even kill) someone by mistake who could be innocent?”.
After researching all the options, I eventually discovered a completely new approach to personal safety for women. It’s called Hootie – a new personal safety device that sounds an alarm whenever you’re in trouble.
It’s the only non-violent option that you can rely on in any situation. Activating it takes a split second, and it’s even designed to avoid accidental false alarms (but even if you DO activate it by mistake, nobody will get hurt). On the other hand, if you activate it while being attacked…you may prevent a life-altering tragedy.
I’ve wanted to write about Hootie for a while now, but I’ve waited until I could be 100% sure it’s worth my full recommendation. Now, after a month of carrying my Hootie with me everywhere, I can definitely say it’s not like any other self-defense tool I’ve ever used.
Hootie is like having your own personal alarm system everywhere you go.
At the pull of its pin, Hootie triggers the built-in strobe light and 130-decibel alarm – which is as loud as a jet engine to startle and scare off any would-be attackers. This gives you time to escape and will also alert others that you need help. It’s so loud you can even hear it through walls.
Hootie’s strong carabiner easily attaches to your keychain, bag, pocket, or water bottle – so it’s always at hand. There’s no training required, and there are no risks to using it.
It’s all the protection you would want, without the extra danger and violence that comes with carrying weapons – making it the ideal modern solution for women to safely and reliably protect themselves.
I’m happy to say I haven’t had to use it in an emergency, but I CAN say now with full confidence: If something happens, I feel fully prepared to take action to defend myself.
Okay, so this may sound a bit off-topic, but I have to say it… I actually really love how slim and chic Hootie is, especially for a safety product.
The modern and sleek look matches my other cute accessories so I don’t mind adding it to my keychain. It’s also small and light enough to carry inside any of my bags or clutches if I don’t want to wear it out.
Yes, I know self-defense is the most important aspect of Hootie. But what can I say? I’m happy I didn’t have to sacrifice style for security.
What if something tragic happened? I would have surely hesitated… and in the worst situation, any safety weapons I would be carrying could be used against me.
With Hootie, I have a personal safety device that I can trust. I know exactly how it works, I’m actually comfortable using it and it can’t be used against me.
Both my daughter (age 14) and son (age 10) both have one on their keychain as well. Ugh, they never call when they’re supposed to… so it’s great having a little extra peace-of-mind knowing they’ll get help quickly when in trouble and I’m not around.
Bottom line: I’m really glad I discovered Hootie. Whenever I find myself alone, have my kids with me, around town, on the trails, across campus, and out at night, Hootie makes me feel like I can do more now. And these days, that’s absolutely priceless.
WOW… thank you all for the positive responses! I’ve been hearing from so many women who love the idea of Hootie. As you can probably guess, the biggest question I’m getting is: “Where can I get one?!”
Well, good news ladies… Hootie is now available on Amazon and you can even get free shipping as a Prime member. Feel free to order 1, 2, or even 3 to have in your purse, your car, or even your gym bag.
Honestly, I’m a bit bummed I didn’t see this before I got mine… but heck, if it helps other women avoid tragedy, I’m all for it.
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References: 1-in-4 women are sexually assaulted¹