Being a woman can be scary and, often, downright dangerous. If you're a woman, you know. If you're not, almost every woman you know has a story about a time when she didn't feel safe in the world because of her gender.
Alanna Vagianos, a reporter at the Huffington Post, recently took to Twitter to share the reason she no longer goes running alone. She said she decided to share her story in light of the recent tragic murder of Mollie Tibbets, a 20-year-old Iowa University student who went missing after an evening run in July. Her body was found a month later and a 24-year-old man named Cristhian Bahena Rivera has been arrested in connection to her murder, after confessing to following her on her run.
Vagianos begins her story by explaining how she first discovered a love of running in college because it helped her mental health, and AMEN sister:
"It was the best form of self care I knew at the time," she writes.
Then her story gets scary.
And her story is not over.
It happened AGAIN.
Alanna then shares how the women in her lives have their own terrifying reasons to stop running alone:
"This is not a commentary on her actions, but a reflection on how the epidemic of violence against women (yes, it's a fucking epidemic) forces women to adapt & let go of things so integral to their well-being," she writes.
Alanna is far from alone. In the replies, women (and others) are sharing their own terrifying stories:
Thanks to Alanna, and others, for sharing your stories.