The Safety Expert for Women in the Entertainment Industry. Prevention is the key.

Recently, Asiance Magazine asked me to write a monthly column on women’s safety. Now you might ask yourself, “Who in the world is Candace Kita and why is she writing about women’s safety?” Believe me, a few years ago the thought of writing about safety issues would have never crossed my mind, either. I mean, what a dry topic. Why couldn’t they have asked me to do a column on fashion or food reviews?

But I guess the saying is true: Necessity is the mother of invention. And while I'm an actor by trade, I needed to become a safety expert. Had no choice, in fact.

Why so touchy?

For over five years, I was stalked and harassed by a man I’d never met.

Why me?

Because I appeared in a print ad for a telephone card. How dumb is that? But it caught the attention of one unhinged person and, in the process, very nearly made my life miserable.

Let’s be clear here: I’m not famous. I’m a working actor and model. I’m not an Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston, but I earn a living in the public eye. And I got lucky: my public profile meant that the LAPD’s Threat Management Unit finally took my case. However, in the four years it took for them to accept it, I researched the hell out of inappropriate behavior.

And I discovered that, for the average gal, there is:

(a) little guidance available for what you should do if a random, potentially dangerous person decides that you’re his reason to live and;
(b) if this could happen to me, it could happen to anyone.

That means there's a lot of women who need the same guidance it took me years to find.

In the process of protecting my own information, I realized how much personal information is readily available to just about everyone. The average person puts out as much information about themselves as I did as an actor. With the advent of Chat Roulette, Twitter, Facebook and online dating sites, you can find just about anyone. I began to wonder, "Do women really know the potential consequences of putting so much personal information on their Facebook? Or when they Tweet their class schedules?” It's an information buffet for sexual predators, stalkers and random weirdos. All it takes to ruin your life is one person for whom the phrase “socially appropriate” is meaningless.

So next month, I’ll talk about what we can do to prevent inappropriate behavior before it happens. You know, nipping it in the bud and getting rid of someone before they cause problems. Because life has enough hassles on its own, right?

An actor and women’s safety advocate, Candace Kita is the author of “The Hottie Handbook: A Girl’s Guide to Safety." As a safety specialist, Candace has been interviewed by People, Good Morning America, the Jay Leno Show, Inside Edition, the Los Angeles Times, 48 Hours, the LOGO Network and WHO Australia.


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cindy-cohen "The Hottie Handbook contains a wealth of information that women of every age should know. Candace has covered safety from A-Z; I learned things I wish I had known years ago! Get this for all of the women in your life. Every hottie needs one!"
- Cindy Day, Amazon Top 100 author, "How to Live the Life of Your Dreams in 30 Days or Less" and winner of "She's Got the Look" on TV Land.

lisa "Being a model and television personality I've experienced both wanted and unwanted attention. Candace's quick safety tips have really helped me and I strongly encourage young women in the entertainment industry to listen to her words of wisdom."
- Lisa Gleave, actress and model, Deal or No Deal

claudia Candace Kita has put together an impressive and comprehensive list of safety tips that all students, male and female, will find helpful when heading off to college!"

- Claudia Jordan, actress, model, radio host, Celebrity Apprentice

enya "Candace Kita's insight and wisdom will be very helpful to young Hollywood."

- Enya Flack, model, actress, former Miss Washington DC, Price is Right Barker Beauty