The Challenges of the Female Runner
When people think of fitness safety, they generally think of using equipment properly to prevent injury. For women who like to jog outdoors, however, the term takes on a completely different meaning. Much as we would love to be able to take a leisurely run through the park or the woods, enjoying only nature and our own thoughts, the reality is that we don’t have that luxury. The possibility of being attacked is always in our thoughts, and since attacks are known to occur at all times of the day, there is no “safe time” for a woman to be able to get back to nature while exercising. Generally, we need to find someone else to go with us, or we are forced indoors onto treadmills.
A survey by Runner’s World*found that, of 2,500 women surveyed, more than half of those under the age of 30 reported being harassed while running outdoors. Threats ranged from being propositioned to having to change routes to avoid harassers to fear of actual assault. Moreover, it was the less blatant harassment, the micro-aggressions, which really made women feel less safe running alone outdoors, especially at night. Why is the right to exercise outdoors at any time of the day with relative safety a privilege only enjoyed by men?
Guardian Band is here to help. The Defender watch is designed to give you the confidence to go out and live life to the fullest without fear. With both an SOS button that sends out GPS coordinates, as well as video that can identify an attacker or potential attacker, Guardian is trying to give women the same privileges enjoyed by men. You still need to take precautions, because the world is still not a safe place for women, but we’re working on it. Together, we can make a difference.
*Medrano, Kastalia. “Majority of Female Joggers Experience Harassment While Running.” Time. Web. 27 October 2016. http://time.com/4548022/women-jogging-harassment-study/