Second, I recently reviewed This is Where I Leave You on my book blog. Check it out. I actually reviewed a book I liked a lot instead of one that I have complaints about! I also just read Little Bee by Chris Cleave, so look for another review soon.
Third, two articles in the news lately have me thinking.
BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS (KTVI-FOX2Now.com)— Belleville Police are investigating a report of an attempted criminal sexual assault that occurred on Sunday March 13. Police say the man attacked the woman on the bike path at Green Mount Road.Source: Fox News
The victim reported that while jogging on the bike path she was approached by a male in his early 20's, 5'10", 180 pounds wearing dark pants and dark coat. The victim says the suspect pulled her pants down and attempted to knock her to the ground.
She struggled with the attacker and got away. Bicyclists who were in the area heard the victim's screams and came to her aid. The suspect got away. Officers searched the area with negative results
That occurred just a few miles from the school where I teach and got me an email from a friend warning, "Carry mace."
A female jogger was followed then sexually assaulted as she ran along State Street in Alton Thursday afternoon. Police arrested Latayuss Curry of the 1400 block of State Street after he allegedly approached the woman as she was running near the intersection with McKinley, then continued to pursue her until he eventually restrained her and assaulted her until she was able to call for help.Source: Riverbender.com
Remember my 21-mile run? How my husband didn't like me running alone in that area and I told him it would be fine? How I took a wrong turn and ran through a bad neighborhood? Well, this assault took place on my intended route through a nice neighborhood.
I refuse to live in fear and not do things because of what may or may not happen. If I only ran or biked when someone could go with me, I'd rarely get out of the house...and you could be attacked in your own house. On the other hand, I don't want to live in fear because of something that does happen to me. There has to be a balance. For now, the result is that my dog is getting a lot more exercise.
Girls, what do YOU do to stay safe?