Bid For a Good Cause: Pepperface Against Domestic Violence

05/03/2007 at 10:30 AM ET

Throughout this month, Lindsay Lohan, Carmen Electra, Denise Richards and Tori Spelling will all participate in the Pepperface 2007 Prevention Purple celebrity auction by creating customized Pepperface Edition Palm Defenders to support the end of violence against women. Each celebrity adds a signature touch to the pocket-sized pepperspray vials with crystals and precious stones. Carmen Electra, who decorated her defender with skull design, says of the campaign, “It’s so important to raise awareness about sexual violence. All women need to be educated so they feel safe and know how to protect themselves.” Bidding on the one-of-a-kind Palm Defenders is up on and will continue through the month of May with all of the proceeds benefiting the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Photo: courtesy pepperface; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty

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Elda on

i have to say that it’s the cutest pepper spray i’ve ever seen, i have always had one but not like that one and it’s for a good cause!

amy on

I love this!! It’s a great way to be chic and kick ass.

FH on

Yea, it looks cool, but is completely useless. Unless you walk around carrying it in your hand, most women never get the chance to use it, and even then are unlikely to hit their target with it during an attack. More likely she will end up having it used against her, to disable her. There are far more effective self-defense tricks out there that this organization should promote. Pepper spray is just feel-good bandaid.

TS on

FH expresses an awfully harsh point of view about this product. I can’t imagine that the statistics actually support this. I would venture to guess that many victims see their attacker coming and wish they had a means of defense. Should everyone learn self-defense? Yes. Will everyone take the time to do so? No. Could this product help either way? Absolutely.

I think it’s a fantastic product — functional, stylish, and in support of a good cause. I just ordered one.

AM on

FH must not have a pepperface unit. I live in a city environment college campus and feel so much safer when I walk around with my pepperface unit. I have had mine for months and I don’t go anywhere without it. I walk from my car or from my friend’s house with my pepperface unit in my hand at all times, especially at night. Women’s safety is such a difficult issue to tackle these days, and I truly believe Pepperface can help solve some of the problems. My mom always told me it was better to be safe than sorry, and I feel much safer with this product. Safety is a lifestyle choice, and having my pepperface unit makes me responsible for my own safety.

Kristin on

I am going to have to agree with FH on this one, and I am speaking from experience. Domestic Violence occurs in the HOME most of the time. Women won’t and don’t carry around a pepper spray in their own home since that is supposed to be their safe haven. Coming from an abusive marriage, these don’t really help matters. And, unless you are walking around armed and ready, the likelihood of using the spray correctly in an attack is slim to none. If you want to support anti-domestic violebnce campaigns, donate money or clothes directly to shelters. OPften when women leave the home, they are taking their children and start all over with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Angela Aldatz on

I own a PEPPERFACE palm defender and the way they are designed is to keep them FROM being used on yourself. They are next to impossible to do so! Not only that but they are EXTREMELY handy as well as fashionable! This PREVENTION PURPLE auction is a fabulous cause and only makes us women in the world one step closer to being safer with each person that helps promote it! I’m IN!

Julie on

If you carried it in your hand as you walked outside, especially at night, I imagine it could be useful.

Julie on

Kristin, I’m sorry for what you went through. But I think these sorts of products are aimed more at women worried about being attacked when jogging, walking to their cars, walking their dog, etc. Abusive spouses are a whole other issue that needs to be dealt with in a separate way.

Kristin on

Julie- I agree with you wholeheartedly. Which is why I don’t think they should be intended for domestic violence, a different issue all in itself. Self defense is the key to protecting yourself from ANY violence.

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