When you are faced with a self-defense situation, disengagement is always the preferred approach and the one you should try first. You should also consider taking a self-defense class to give yourself another means of protection.
If you do choose to have a self-defense tool, select one that is comfortable for you to carry and can be easily accessed. You should not be constantly worrying about it in your pocket, purse, backpack, or elsewhere.
The following pages provide information about some of the tools that are available.