Facebook Denies Promotion for Self-Defense Page

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A Valley woman trying to make sure women and men protect themselves says Facebook isn't letting her do her job.

Melissa Howell, an independent Damsel in Defense pro, tried to promote her page; however, Facebook wouldn't let her, saying that her page would promote violence.

Howell disagrees with that and said she helps equip people with tools to keep them safe in dangerous situations. A stun gun and pepper spray are just some of the items she sells working through a national company.

She describes the group as a way to help others.

She decided to be an independent damsel after a personal situation last year when she said someone followed her around.

Messages from Howell to Facebook show the social network denying her attempt to pay for promotion.

She's hopeful her page will be one way to help avoid violence.

"You just never know when it's gonna happen, you just never know when you're gonna have a stalker, stalking you and following you, you never know when that person's gonna be in the parking garage waiting for you to come to your car," said Howell.

She also said that even in low crime areas, assaults and violence do happen.

After three attempts at contacting the review committee, she hasn't heard back.

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, Howell said that Facebook has decided to approve her request for promoting her page.

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