I’m sorry that you had to deal with that crap. Bravo for you for calling the police on those jerks. I don’t know if I would have been so brave. (I’m a runner too, and have been for about 9 years. I’ve gotten comments & looks before, but, I run in the early morning hours and no one is up at that time [I prefer it; it’s glorious]). I probably would have just left, then beaten myself up for reacting that way to the harassment and allowing strangers to influence my choice.
I just found a really useful website: stopstreetharassment dot org. It’s got a ton of helpful information, including local laws/statutes.
It would be great if women could just be ourselves and run without anxiety & fear of harassment. Until then, we have to stand together and speak out.
Thank you for writing this piece!