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Self defence sprays that are legal to carry and use in the United Kingdom

Image 1: Farbgel
Image 2: StoppaRed

I’ve seen a lot of people (mostly women, for reasons which may be obvious) speaking about being worried when going out, be it alone or even with friends, both in the day and at night. I know that a lot of female friends of mine carry around a can of antiperspirant or a pot of pepper to use if they’re ever attacked. What I know a lot of people don’t realise is that there are products out there which work in a violent situation and help in catching the assailant for the best part of a week afterwards.

Known as ‘criminal identifiers’, these sprays are brightly coloured dyes which can be sprayed in the face of an attacker. Unlike things such as CS or Pepper sprays, criminal identifier sprays are legal in the UK.

There’s a few available on the market, with farbgel and Mace’s Stoppared being the mostly highly recommended.

What these sprays do is release a sticky, brightly coloured dye. It’s difficult to wipe away and stains the skin a bright red colour. No matter how hard an attacker might try to remove it from their skin and clothing, the staining typically lasts for around a week and doesn’t even start to fade until after a few days have passed.

Unlike CS and Pepper sprays (which, again, aren’t legal in the UK) criminal identifier sprays don’t cause irritation or pain to an attacker. Instead, they expand and clog up the area sprayed with a kind of sticky foam that’s difficult to wipe away. It should give you enough time to escape and report someone whose face resembles a baboon’s arse to the police.

Each can of the sprays costs around £10 each, though it may be cheaper when buying multiple canisters and if you shop around.

FarbGel 

StoppaRed UV Personal Attack Self-Defence Spray by Mace

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It should give you enough time to escape and report someone whose face resembles a baboon’s arse to the police.

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i’ve worked with a lot of universities that use the “consent is sexy” motto, and i get why they do it (it’s a marketing thing).  but i do think it downplays the absolute necessity of consent.  consent isn’t important because it makes things sexier.  it’s important because it prevents rape.

YES. EXACTLY. THANK YOU.

Every time I see an *Activist Cause* is Sexy slogan being used this ^^ is always the response I have toward it. “Environmentalism is Sexy.” Yeah, maybe…but it’s also the only hope the human race has for survival. "Reading is Sexy." Okay, but shouldn’t you do that for loads of other reasons? “Peace is Sexy.” I guess? But…like…”not sexy” are not the words I would choose to describe war. Gruesome and tragic are a couple that come to mind, though. Why do we need things to be “sexy” in order to encourage people to do them? Not only does the “Consent is Sexy” campaign dilute the severe necessity of consent during sexual interractions, it also says something about the way in which we approach social causes. We should not be concerned about “sexy” and "cool" and "trendy" and whatever else when it comes to matters that involve concepts such as “basic human decency” or simply just….not raping people. These words are heavily dependent on social constructs and are fleeting at best. You shouldn’t not engage in rape because it will make you “sexy.” You should not engage in rape…because it’s rape. That’s it. That’s all. That’s enough. Sexy or not…consent is mandatory. 

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lacigreen:

i’ve worked with a lot of universities that use the “consent is sexy” motto, and i get why they do it (it’s a marketing thing).  but i do think it downplays the absolute necessity of consent.  consent isn’t important because it makes things sexier.  it’s important because it prevents rape.

YES. EXACTLY. THANK YOU.

Every time I see an *Activist Cause* is Sexy slogan being used this ^^ is always the response I have toward it. “Environmentalism is Sexy.” Yeah, maybe…but it’s also the only hope the human race has for survival. "Reading is Sexy." Okay, but shouldn’t you do that for loads of other reasons? “Peace is Sexy.” I guess? But…like…”not sexy” are not the words I would choose to describe war. Gruesome and tragic are a couple that come to mind, though. Why do we need things to be “sexy” in order to encourage people to do them? Not only does the “Consent is Sexy” campaign dilute the severe necessity of consent during sexual interractions, it also says something about the way in which we approach social causes. We should not be concerned about “sexy” and "cool" and "trendy" and whatever else when it comes to matters that involve concepts such as “basic human decency” or simply just….not raping people. These words are heavily dependent on social constructs and are fleeting at best. You shouldn’t not engage in rape because it will make you “sexy.” You should not engage in rape…because it’s rape. That’s it. That’s all. That’s enough. Sexy or not…consent is mandatory. 

Yes.