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Oct 1, 2013 3:17 PM by Janine Reyes

Non-Lethal Options to Defending Yourself Against a Sexual Predator

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Police are investigating two cases of attempted sexual assaults from this weekend. In both instances, a Hispanic man tried attacking young women who fought back.

Because of where they work or personal preference, not everyone considers a pistol the best option to protect themselves. 6 News took a look at non-lethal options available for women to fight off an attacker.

"You don't have to be lethal in order to protect yourself," said Daniel Garcia at Sharp Shooter as he showed us the products they have available.

It is a good idea, though, even with non-deadly weapons to know how to use them.

Daniel Garcia is a certified pepper spray instructor. If you carry a can of pepper spray, it's not required, but a good idea to get educated on actually using it.

"When you use pepper spray, you want to put one hand up close to your face to prevent any kind of back spray and you want to extend the other arm out and spray with the pepper spray that way," Garcia said.

It's certainly not your only option, there is also the TASER C2. "It fires the prongs, these are actually fishing hooks that will stick into the assailant and it gives them a jolt," Garcia explained.

You have to make sure it hits your attacker, there is a lazer light to help you aim, but you only get one shot. After that the TASER is not entirely useless. "If you miss or one of these prongs doesn't stick, you can always use it like one of these," Garcia explained, showing us a stun gun.

The drawback to the stun gun is you have to be close to your attacker to use it. "You have to maintain contact with that person for several seconds in order for it to become disorienting," explained Garcia.

All of the different options definitely have their benefits and drawbacks, but you may be surprised to find that one of the most effective is a simple can of pepper spray. "I'd definitely prefer pepper spray to a stun gun, even though its cheaper the pepper spray is more effective," Garcia told us.

Even if you choose not to arm yourself at all, garcia says everyday items at your fingertips could come in handy, such as your car keys. "You can use it to kind of punch with it, but if you've got a large enough set of keys like that if you just hold it by the key chain and what we call raking with the keys, that can be very effective too," he told us.

A can of pepper spray will set you back $20 - $30. The stun gun is about $50 or $60. The TASER costs about $400 and requires a background check.

Police say it's a good idea to get some training on how to use any of the options listed above to make sure an attacker never uses your own protection against you.

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