So, as a father of two college daughters, you can imagine what I thought of this news the other day:
A recent study from the Department of Justice estimated that 25 percent of college women will be victims of rape or attempted rape before they graduate within a four-year college period, and that women between the ages of 16 to 24 will experience rape at a rate that's four times higher than the assault rate of all women.
Of course, virtually all campuses these days are victim disarmament zones and to be caught with a handgun or even a knife is grounds for instant expulsion. This is one reason why campuses are breeding grounds for rape. Another is the universal proliferation of alcohol and date rape drugs and the trusting nature of the young women themselves. This psychological vulnerability is mostly because these girls' parents failed to do a proper job of preparing them for the cruel possibilities of the real world.
Here is one thing I introduced my daughters to (along with situational awareness, the importance of the buddy system, etc.):
Meet the Cyclops Pen Anti-Rape System. It comes in various shapes, colors, sizes and manufacturers. I like the Uni-ball, but there are many others.
The important thing is that the cap have a sturdy clip so that it can be hooked onto the ubiquitous ID neck lanyard. (See below.)
Hanging from the lanyard, along with the ID (and sometimes a room key) the pen is innocuous and inoffensive to the sight of a college cop, yet handy as well as deadly.
A simple tug on the pen body separates it from the cap, exposing the sharp point. If grabbed from behind, the young woman has but to pull the pen and stab backwards over her shoulder towards the would-be rapist's face. Ideally, she is aiming for the eye, like Cyclops. If she cannot easily reach the face and the attacker has presented his hands in front of her like easy targets, stab them as hard as possible, aiming if you can for the softer gaps between the bones of the hand.
If the attacker is facing her, she should stick it in his eyeball and then smack it with the palm or heel of her hand, driving it deep into the brain. With the right size pen, angle and force, the pen will penetrate the brain stem and the assailant will collapse flopping and twitching like a fish before he shudders out his life on the sidewalk. Not a bad end for a rapist, to my mind.
Other points of vulnerability are the ear drums, the nostrils and even the soft spot of the temple.
The ID card (or any plastic credit card) can itself be made into a weapon by sharpening two sides carefully with a file into a simple one-sided bevel edge. Grabbing the ID by the two unsharpened sides, the sharp sides can then be used to slash the assailant's face. Again, the soft spots of the eyes, nose, lips and ears are excellent targets. The important thing, like the Cyclops pen, is that it be hanging, available for instant use.
Aside from the tools, the important things to impart to your college-age daughters are situational awareness and mindset.
Some folks will recoil at the thought of teaching their innocent daughters such techniques and putting items that can be used as weapons in their hands.
I wonder: do such people think it is preferable to see their daughters raped or even killed because they refused to prepare them for the real world that they are sending them into?
What is the point of keeping them from harm when they are infants and adolescents if you are going to shirk your duty just because they come of age?