The other day, I was walking home with a friend after a nice refreshing jog on a beautiful spring day here in Austin, Texas. As I was walking up a hill and getting closer to my house, a man came driving down the street and was turning into a parking lot, driving over the sidewalk my friend and I were walking on. He nearly hit me, and in the process, he got mad at me for reasons I’m unsure of. It really is one of the most bizarre things to ever happen to me, and I have trouble even explaining it because it makes no sense.
Anyway, he ended up getting out of his car and was ready to fight me. He said he was angry because I made an angry face at him, (which was my WTF JUST HAPPENED face). What kind of reaction was I supposed to have to this? I didn’t flip him off, cuss, or anything of that nature, but he didn’t care. He wanted to fight.
He was actually trying to fight me. He kept aggressively pointing at me and was raging. I didn’t say anything because I was in such shock, and he ended up getting back in his car.
But of course it didn’t end there.
As my friend and I are getting closer to my house, I see from the corner of my eye a 250 pound man walking behind me, following me. The same man that almost ran me over on the sidewalk.
My friend immediately pulled out her phone and got ready to call 911, and in the meantime, we saw a guy in front of us, and yelled at him to come stay with us as a guy was following us and being aggressive. The 250 pound man ended up turning back, going back to his regular life of trying to run people over with his car and fight women.
We did call 911, but they couldn’t do anything as it’s not illegal to follow someone, at least in the state of Texas. WHAT? Yeah, I know, I was surprised, too.
This wasn’t the first time I felt uncomfortable and afraid of my safety.
Because of this, I’ve decided to take self defense training seriously, and have even thought about starting some kind of martial arts training.
Also, I know I’m putting emphasis on women learning self defense tactics, but due to statistics, it seems as if it’s only necessary for women to enroll in a course. I think everyone can benefit from a self defense course, but I am trying to put a high priority on women needing to take this seriously.
This post was also inspired by the Seattle Jogger’s article where a girl was very hurt by a man while she was out on a jog.