Harassed during a December run

Yesterday I worked from home and in addition to getting 2.5 hours of my life back since I had no commute, I was able to take my dogs running while it was still daylight.

I moved to a lovely area for runners a few months ago. There are so many paved trails through woods and around two lakes that I rarely have to cross roads and I have not yet encountered harassers on my runs. Until yesterday.

Near the end of our run, my dogs and I crossed the only road on our route. After we crossed and as we were turning a corner, some guys wolf whistled at me from their car.

Since I had my back to them and I was almost out of sight around the corner from the road, they clearly had no interest in actually interacting with me. They just saw a woman running and whistled. I was an object.

Whistling is on the harmless end of the spectrum of harassment but it IS still harassment. It’s disrespectful and it was unwanted.

– Holly

Location: 2235 Soapstone Drive, Reston, VA

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5 Responses to Harassed during a December run

  1. b says:

    So sorry Holly! Eff them for ruining your nice run w/ the pups!!! 😦

  2. Alan says:

    That’s a horrible thing to have happened in such a nice setting, and to such a nice person. Sorry

  3. Ryan McClure says:

    What makes you so sure he was whistling at you? Don’t you think there are more serious issues regarding harassment than people whistling (possibly at you, but probably not). Get over yourself. Oh poor you. Someone whistled at you, deep down inside i’m sure you love the attention, if you didn’t you wouldn’t post on the internet about how people whistle when you go by. Why don’t you stand up for the women who are actually abused and harassed, instead of getting on the internet and asserting that men actually do find you attractive.

  4. Golden Silence says:

    I figured Ryan McClure was going to be a troll when I saw he responded to this older post. Time to pull out some “Troll Be Gone” repellent.

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