runners being assaulted, robbed, raped or left for dead


I was once told this thought about life “No one gets through life without having a story to tell.”

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That statement is equally true in the running community. We have all read the sensational headline or heard about some life changing event. The headlines are full of stories of runners getting hit by traffic and unfortunately some killed by drunken drivers. We have also heard tales of runners being assaulted, robbed, raped or left for dead.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people, BUT you don’t have to become a victim.

Let me introduce you to a friend and allow you to hear her testimony:

My name is Stephanie

I am a statistic.

I am a victim of rape.

I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. The importance of women being protected wasn’t necessary. Call it ignorant, small town minded, whatever you’d like. That’s how things worked.

I was raped by someone I was dating. Someone my parents knew and approved of. Someone everyone liked. Basically, someone that wouldn’t hurt another person.

That day changed my life forever, and it fueled a passion to bring self-defense to everyone.

If I had learned about self-defense items, I wouldn’t be writing this today. But that’s not the case. I am here to tell all women that rape is real, so are physical attacks. Whether you’re out on a beautiful but lonely trail, running the streets of the inner city or with someone you should be able to trust. You have the right to protect yourself. You have the right to be protected before something happens!

My Mission is to:
EQUIP others with personal protection products
EMPOWER you with safety solutions
EDUCATE others with knowledge that saves lives

binDamsel in Defense offers many items you can carry in your purse, on your keychain or on your belt. There’s no reason for you to go unprotected!

You can call me at 304.834.4201, email me at stephanierroot@gmail.com and absolutely check out my page.

To ALL my girl “friend” runners, I care about each of you……PLS visit Stephanie’s web site if only for education and PLEASE Protect yourself.  I want to run with you again and for a long time to come.


  • Sarah

    Thanks for sharing this, Brian! I’ve been thinking about protecting myself for awhile, and unfortunately knew a local woman who was attacked on a trail. I’ll definitely check out Stephanie’s site. Sounds like good stuff!

    • Brian Burk

      Sarah,
      Thanks for reading, always got to be safe out there. I hope this helps in some little way.

      Brian