Kleinschmit brings self defense to area women


HARTINGTON — Small town woman Marnie Kleinschmit is big on self-defense.

After learning about the company Damsel in Defense, Kleinschmit decided the self-defense items were something her daughters and others could benefit from.  She became an Independent Damsel Pro and has been selling the items for the last six months.

“I’m not doing it to make money,” she said. “My oldest went off to college, and I have two other girls and a boy — they are just from this smaller area, and I worry about them going to a bigger area and being a bit too trusting. It’s about giving them something that makes me feel (they are) safer. That’s why I got interested in it.”

The Damsel in Defense company was started by two woman with a passion for safety in 2011, according to the company’s website.

As it is a direct sales company, people like Kleinschmit can sell the products on their own time.

The company offers a wide range of self-defense and self-protection items.

“(We sell) stun guns and pepper sprays and Kubotans that you can stab with,” she said. “We also have this thing called Junk in the Trunk that has jumper cables and winter safety stuff all in a little bag. There’s hotel and dorm safety stuff, too.”