Illinois state police advice on resisting rape
And a hilarious read it is.
"Use of a firearm to protect yourself or property is not recommended."
So what do you do?
"Since many attacks on women are not sexually motivated, and are designed to degrade and humiliate, talking your way out of it may be easier."
"There is documentation of assailants that left a would-be-victim alone after she told him that she was pregnant and it would kill her baby. "
"Telling an attacker that you have VD or AIDS can discourage him."
"It may sound disgusting, but putting your fingers into you (sic) throat and making yourself vomit usually gets results." (I swear I am not making this up).
And if you do go for a weapon, by all means don't make it a 1911! Instead:
rat tail comb
pens and pencils
I can see it: "Stay away, I have this comb and am prepared to use it." "Freeze or I'll let you have it with this pencil."
[Update: I have no idea where the article's claim that half the women using a gun in defense will shoot the wrong person comes from. The surveys indicate that well under half of self-defenders who shoot (a tiny minority of self-defense uses) hit the target, simply because confrontations occur with both people jittery and often at night when aiming is difficult. Additionally, criminal confrontations rarely occur in front of witnesses. Between the two, hitting the wrong person 50% of the time, or even 5% of the time, is statistically impossible. I think I've heard of a defender hitting the wrong target -- zero times in my life].