It happened again this week.
Another female runner attacked for having the audacity to do something male runners take for granted.
In case you haven’t heard the news, a 25-year-old runner training for Chicago was attacked during a morning run in artsy River North over the weekend. This comes about a little more than a month after 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was found dead after a run in Queens–sexually assaulted and strangled–and after police found Vanessa Marcotte a half-mile from her mother’s house in Massachusetts. The 27-year-old was found naked and burned.
“She shouldn’t have worn those shorts.”
“She shouldn’t run in a sports bra (nevermind that it’s a bajillion degrees).”
“She shouldn’t run alone.”
I’m so sick of reading headlines about missing runners and even more sick of the comments that follow.
When is enough, enough? Because even when I run in capris, a long-sleeved shirt and bed head the comments from passing cars still come.
Thankfully for this runner she’s still alive. After a man came up behind her, grabbed her by the neck, threw her to the ground and started to choke her, a Good Samaritan noticed and helped. Shaken up but otherwise unharmed she was lucky.
The sun was out. It makes me angry to think that it could have been worse. It’s infuriating that I don’t have a way to fix it.
We take self defense classes, carry pepper spray, change up our routes, wear longer clothes and yet none of those things are a solution.
What exactly are we supposed to do differently and why is it up to us?