With the abduction and murder of Kelsey Smith another notch has been made. Another reminder why we (mainly females) have to constantly be aware of what’s going on around us. When coming into a parking garage to ensure that nothing strange is going on, when running/walking in a park one is not being followed, and even when just running daily errands to make sure some stranger is not paying too much attention to us.
What happened to Kelsey Smith, Dru Sjodin, and many others shapes how women have to/should be constantly alert of their surroundings. It is saddening that we always have to have this kind of guard up, that we don’t have the ever so assumed right to be carefree, to enjoy, and be lost in the moment.
Once again I will be watching my back more than usual while running down country roads during training; when I walk in a parking lot from and to my car.
One would think that as a woman, living in America, I should have the right to run/go wherever I want to. We should not have to be limited by suggestions: “Well, you really shouldn’t run there by yourself!”, “You really shouldn’t wear your shorts that short, etc!”. Pretty soon we’ll have to implement a buddy system just to get home safely from where ever we are coming from.
I am very saddened by what happen to Kelsey, Dru, and all the other victims/families of violence. My heart aches for all of you and the for the notch that will define us further as to how we have to be on guard in order to stay safe.