Personal Safety Awareness in April: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Personal Safety Awareness in April: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to focus on preventing sexual violence and empowering individuals to stay safe. At POM Industries, we believe personal safety awareness is crucial, and we're committed to providing tools that can help.

This blog post explores the importance of personal safety awareness and how pepper spray can be a valuable addition to your self-defense strategy. We'll also share additional tips to stay vigilant and reduce your risk.

Why is Personal Safety Awareness Important?

Why is Personal Safety Awareness Important

Sexual assault is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences for survivors. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes [RAINN statistic].

While these statistics are alarming, being aware of your surroundings and taking steps to protect yourself can significantly reduce your risk.

Personal safety awareness empowers you to:

Identify Potentially Dangerous Situations

By being alert and paying attention to your environment, you can spot red flags and avoid risky situations altogether.

Trust Your Instincts

If something feels off, it probably is. Don't be afraid to walk away or remove yourself from an uncomfortable situation.

Develop A Plan of Action

Knowing what you'll do if faced with a threat can help you react quickly and effectively.

How Can Pepper Spray Help?

Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense tool that can temporarily incapacitate an attacker, giving you time to escape. It's a safe and accessible option for people of all ages and physical abilities. Here's how pepper spray can be beneficial:

How Can Pepper Spray Help

Deters Attackers

The presence of pepper spray can be a deterrent to potential attackers. Many criminals will avoid targeting individuals they believe are prepared to defend themselves.

Provides An Escape Opportunity

If an attacker does approach, pepper spray can buy you precious seconds to run away and call for help.

Easy to Use

Pepper spray can be used effectively even with minimal training. Most canisters have a simple point-and-shoot mechanism, making them accessible to everyone.

Important Considerations for Using Pepper Spray

Important Considerations for Using Pepper Spray


Pepper spray laws vary by state and region. Always check your local laws before purchasing or carrying pepper spray.


While easy to use, familiarizing yourself with your pepper spray beforehand is crucial. Learn how to hold it properly, aim it effectively, and understand the effects of exposure.

Not A Foolproof Solution

Pepper spray is a tool, not a guarantee of complete safety. It's essential to combine it with situational awareness and other self-defense strategies.

Suggested Read: Buying Pepper Spray First Time: Things You Need To Know

Additional Personal Safety Tips for SAAM and Beyond

Additional Personal Safety Tips for SAAM and Beyond

Trust Your Gut

If you feel unsafe, leave immediately.

Plan Your Route

When walking or running, choose well-lit, populated areas. Stick to familiar paths and let someone know where you're going and when you expect to be back.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Avoid distractions like headphones when walking alone. Pay attention to people around you and potential escape routes.

Carry A Safety Device

Consider carrying a personal alarm or whistle to attract attention in case of an emergency.

Take Self-defense Classes

Learning basic self-defense techniques can boost your confidence and equip you with skills to protect yourself.

Supporting Survivors

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, please know you're not alone. Here are some resources that can help:

  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) You can also visit their website at RAINN.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Together, Let's Promote Safety

By raising awareness about personal safety and sexual assault prevention, we can create safer communities for everyone.  At POM Industries, we're committed to providing tools and resources that empower individuals to take charge of their safety.

We offer a variety of pepper sprays designed to fit your specific needs. All our pepper sprays are legal to carry in most states (always double-check your local laws) and come with easy-to-follow instructions.

POM Industries stands with survivors during SAAM and all year round. We believe in creating a world where everyone feels safe and empowered.