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We're constantly bombarded in movies and TV by images of people heroically surviving attacks by employing some breathtaking self-defense hack. Couple that with all the sketchy, free advice online, and it's pretty easy to get lulled into a false sense of security.

The thing is, a lot of that advice is not only bad, but dangerous. So we asked our readers to ferret out terrible advice and portrayals of self-defense, debunk them, and show us what people should actually do.

Entry by Andrea Meno

Pepper spray isn't always useful. If you're downwind, the spray blows back and hits you.

Entry by PollyDarton

Women's self defense tips are well meaning, but So many focus on being attacked by strangers... 70% when in actuality, of homicide victims are familia

Entry by Maclise

When looking at stun guns, higher voltage isn't necessarily better. X26 Manufacturers like to advertise millions of volts, but it's actually the amper

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