Annie's Book Stop hosts Women's Safety Day Saturday

LACONIA — Annie's Book Stop will be hosting a Women's Safety Day on Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The entire day is dedicated to educating, equipping and empowering women. There will be live demonstrations and a safety products showcase  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  by local Damsel-in-Defense sales representative Heidi Follansbee.

At 3 p.m. women's self defense instructor Sharon Cavanaugh will be demonstrating self-defense tactics to help keep women safe in case of an attack.

Annie's Book Stop has been in the "education" business for over 30 years and won the Best of the Lakes Region bookstore category for both 2012 and 2013.

Damsel in Defense is about equipping, empowering, and educating women to protect themselves. Co-founded in September of 2011 by two Idaho mothers with a passion for safety, non-lethal defense was their main objective. Moms will do anything to protect themselves and their kids, but guns were not an option in their homes. If there were other options made available that were just as effective in disabling an attacker and non-lethal, they wanted them.

Looking at the US National Statistics of crimes against women these friends knew they needed to make them available to their friends and other safety conscious women as well. Appreciating safety just as much as a great accessory, they set out and formed a line of safe and sassy products that women could feel fashionable carrying, as well as empowered.