Jogger safety: How to fend off attacker


OKLAHOMA CITY — Two attacks on two young female joggers in the metro last week have prompted a local runners group to take action.

Organizers hope to prevent any more assaults by teaching women self-defense moves.

“We teach women, don’t cower down. Don’t turn away. Don’t turn your back on them ever,” self-defense instructor Jennifer Gray said.

The moves Gray teaches are last-ditch attempts to get free if you are ever attacked.

“When somebody approaches you from nowhere you need to put your hands up and yell ‘stop’ as loud as you can,” she said. “They might think you’re crazy for a second…”

However, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Within the last week, two women joggers have been attacked in the Oklahoma City metro.

Just this weekend Edmond Police said a teen girl was stalked near Bryant and Danforth while on a morning jog.

The girl told authorities a man in a white Chrysler car followed her as she ran.

“If at all possible, run with a friend. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t,” Sheila Kidder said, RunHers Women’s Club. “You really need to trust your instincts.”

Runners are most commonly attacked from behind.

If you feel like you are being followed, the last thing you want to do is go home.

Instead call 911 or find a populated area.

If you do run alone, it’s a good idea to let someone know where you are and how long you will be running.

If you are approached, do whatever you can to draw attention to the situation that could possibly scare the attacker away.


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