Nearly half of women say they’ve been harassed while jogging; here are some safety tips

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An alarming statistic is making headlines in the wake of the murder of Oakland native and Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared last month while out for a jog. 

We’re learning that 43 percent of women say they’ve been harassed while jogging. 

Daniel Whisenant shows you how to respond to a hair pull from behind. 

“I’m going to grab with this opposite side hand, and I’m going to set my hips down and away, and I’m going to hug this down. You’ll note that I grab with my thumb on top. I’m using my head as my thumb, and I’m hanging here, so when you try to pull — go ahead and try and pull — I’m like a rock.”

From there, you can strike. 

“Be aggressive. Be instant. And get away.”

That’s how he says women need to respond if attacked while jogging. 

He’s been practicing martial arts and self defense for 15 years and now teaches it. 

“You don’t have to win a fight. You just have to escape. That’s the win.”

He also shows another way people can be grabbed. 

“You’re going to hook on the closest leg to you and you’re going to set your weight down on that leg. If you give a little tug you can feel that I’m impossible to pick up now.”

And he was. 

The leg hook maneuver made it much more difficult to pick him up. 

Here are some other things he recommends to help keep joggers safe. 

“Not running with both head phones in for instance. That’s a big one — so you can hear people. Pay attention to what’s going on around you while you’re running. Run toward traffic. Not away from it. That way it’s hard for someone to approach you and grab you than someone who pulls up beside you.”

Daniel also recommends running with another buddy, and even better, taking a self defense class.

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