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Rapist Waiting In Restroom Has No Idea What’s In Store When Female Jogger Comes In

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A marathon is an extremely long and grueling event, however, a runner can’t avoid when nature calls, which is exactly what happened to Kelly Herron from Seattle, Washington, a self-described “marathoner-in-training”, four miles into what she considers just a “long run” on Sunday. She stopped in at a restroom at the Golden Gardens Park and came face-to-face with every woman’s worst nightmare.

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As she described on her Instagram post, 36-year-old Herron entered a stall and was instantly ambushed by a man waiting there, 40-year-old registered sex offender Gary Steiner. But unbeknownst to him, Kelly was more than prepared, taking advantage of some training she had been given at a self-defense class that was given where she works.

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Herron didn’t back down when she encountered Steiner, clawing at his face, throwing punches, and never giving up in a desperate attempt to escape his clutches. “That was the only thing that was motivating me … I cannot be raped by this guy in this place,” She told KIRO 7. Eventually she was able to evade the attacker and managed to lock him in a stall until police arrived. Kelly was badly bruised and needed stitches above her left eye, but her self-defense training may have saved her life.

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In an interview with ABC7, Herron told America what she had been taught and what every woman needs to know. “I learned to put your hard bones in soft fleshy places. So I just started beating the side of his head with the side of my hand.” Self-defense instructors agreed with the way Kelly handled the situation, recommending anyone in a similar situation to “be loud and fight back as hard as you possibly can.”

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It seems now that being loud and fighting back is Herron’s new mantra, hoping her story won’t scare, but inspire other women. She told KIRO 7 the key is “being loud and not afraid. I mean you are afraid, but letting him know, ‘you are not taking me down today. You are not going to win this fight.’”

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Herron said she is grateful to be alive and as for her attacker, Gary Steiner was charged with attempted rape and second-degree assault. Police went as far as to describe him as a “danger to the community, with one officer stating “his predatory attack on a female in the middle of the day represents a brazen willingness to assault without concern for getting caught.” Go Kelly!

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h/t Independent Journal Review