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‘NOT TODAY MOTHER [email protected]’ – Jogger Fends Off Would-Be Rapist

 

On the fourth mile of a marathon training run, 36-year-old Kelly Herron stopped to use a public bathroom in a Seattle park. “As I was drying my hands I became aware that something was wrong,” she tells ABC News, and as she turned around she found herself face to face with a man who “immediately took me down to the ground, hit both my knees and legs, and then it was a fight on the bathroom floor and I just kept screaming, ‘not today motherf—er.'” Herron said that bit of profanity became her “battle cry” throughout the attack, as she tried at first to lock herself inside a stall.

Her attacker, who police have identified as 40-year-old registered sex offender Gary Steiner, “started beating me in the face with his hand, Herron tells People. At that point, she realized, “this doesn’t have to be a fair fight” and remembering a self-defense course from weeks earlier, started clawing his face. “All those little things that I learned in my life…how to punch and everything came back to me,” Herron says. “I started to feel like I was going to lose consciousness… but I got another surge of adrenaline and I reached for the door and was able to get out.” A passerby helped her lock her assailant inside with a carabiner until police arrived. Steiner faces charges of second-degree assault and attempted rape. As for Herron, she’s undeterred: you’ll catch her running the Seattle marathon this summer.

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