Women host 'empower hours' touting self-defense items

Women host 'empower hours' touting self-defense items

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Move over jewelry and Tupperware parties. Some Mid-South women are hosting and attending a new kind of party, one that turns them from a damsel in distress to a "damsel in defense."

Women aren't just gathering to trade beauty secrets anymore. Tracy Eveland invited her gal pal, Mitzi Gentry, to host a Damsel in Defense party at her home to show women how they can put safety into their own hands.

From self-defense moves to self defense gadgets, Gentry empowers other women while earning an income.

Instead of selling makeup and jewelry, she sells "hermergency products" like pepper spray, stun guns, and personal alarms.

Gentry launched her Damsel in Defense franchise for personal reasons.

"I have been a victim of violence," she said.

When she aws two months pregnant, a man tried to grab Gentry's purse in a parking lot. She pepper sprayed him and jumped in her car.

"He was standing by my car and when I backed up, I ran over his foot," she recalled.

"He (police officer) said, 'What's he look like?' I said, 'He's going to be doing this,'" she said while hopping on one foot.

Eveland bought a "Where's Yo Baby" alarm for her daughter, whose toddler slipped out of sight while she was breastfeeding her other baby.

"Just disappeared for a second and the alarm went off, thank God. Nothing happened, but she got out of the distance where something could have happened," Eveland said.

In addition to 8,000 pros like Gentry, Damsels in Defense also partners with women's organizations, especially those aiding victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

"These tools can save your life," Eveland added.

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