A US college professor and amateur marathon runner has hit back at online trolls who claimed her outfit was the reason “joggers get raped”.
The whole thing started when the organised of a Ohio half-marathon posted a picture of Dr Laurah Lukin, mid-run, on their Facebook page.
Evidently keen to comment on Dr Lukin’s appearance, a Facebook user by the name of Dave posted two pretty disgraceful statements alongside the image.
Responding to someone praising Dr Lukin’s muscle definition, Dave wrote:
“That’s because she doesn’t have any damn clothes on and she’s running for her life.”
Not content with merely alluding to sexual assault in his message, he weighed in with another ill-advised statement:
“No wonder joggers get raped.”
The comments, rightly, caused uproar with Dr Lukin deciding to response with a few comments of her own, which came in the form a brilliant blog post:
“It is not my responsibility to choose a race outfit or workout apparel to deter the temptation of men. The length of my shorts is not an indication of interest, invitation or consent.
“Instantly, my brain started rationalising and justifying my race outfit. Then I paused. I was immediately disappointed that my gut reaction to this man’s horrific comments was to defend my wardrobe choice.
“There were photos from the race of shirtless men, men in short shorts, men in tight shorts; yet he did not feel motivated to comment on their potential for inviting sexual assault.”
She had a few more choice words for Dave:
“He continues to refer to me online as a frail, oversensitive ‘snowflake’ and mock the seriousness of rape culture.
“I hope that by speaking out, others will be encouraged to speak out as well and help change that culture, because with enough snowflakes, you can cause an avalanche that transforms the landscape.”
A bizarre and depressing glimpse into the psyche of some misguided blokes out there, it’s probably worth saying this again, so here goes: WHEN A WOMAN WEARS A SHORT SKIRT OR LOW CUT TOP, IT IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR SEX.