One Tuesday evening in early August, Karina Vetrano, 30, went for a jog near her home in Queens, New York. Hours later, her father found her body a ways away from her usual jogging path, bearing signs of sexual assault and struggle.
In Princeton, Mass., a few days later, the body of Vanessa Marcotte was found about half a mile from her mother's home. Like Vetrano, Marcotte, 27, had gone for a run and was murdered. The iinvestigations arei still underway in both cases.
The deaths of Vetrano and Marcotte have reignited fears among female runners of the potentially deadly dangers they face while running outdoors. Already wary from the relentless harassment on the street, these incidences further cement female joggers' unease about exercising outside.
Prompted by these two incidents and a tweet from The Huffington Post, female joggers are sharing these cringe-worthy experiences on Twitter under the hashtag #RunningWhileFemale — and their tweets show just one more deeply troubling manifestation of rape culture.
But neither the hashtag nor the discussion is new. Female runners have long put up with the harassment they face on the street, and their grievances aired are dated months, even years back.
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