The majority of runners are women and a majority of them have been harassed while running.
Running has become an incredibly popular sport over the past 10 years. Participation in organized races has increased steadily, and now more women are lacing up their shoes than ever before. From the days of being banned from racing until now, women have come an incredibly long way.
Thanks to the brave ladies who decided to stand up and challenge the status quo, women can claim running as their sport. More women are finishing races now than men. One study found that women are actually better at running marathons than men.
But ladies still can’t go for a run without being afraid. Sometimes going for a run can even cost a woman’s life. In a span of nine days, three women were murdered mid-run in 2016. This horrific incident prompted the popular magazine, Runner’s World, to conduct an extensive report about the dangers women face while running. The results were unsurprising, as a majority of respondents stated they had been harassed on a run. Though oftentimes a simple comment, a catcall, or a whistle can seem harmless, it can be annoying to be interrupted mid-run. These incidents can escalate into an assault, as the survey found numerous woman had been groped.
Most of the women surveyed lived in urban areas larger than Knoxville, but harassment can happen anywhere. I reached out to multiple students at UT and asked if they had ever experienced any kind of harassment while on a run. Most women I asked had been catcalled at least once while on a run, but some had more chilling stories.
One student, Kylie Amos, recounted multiple instances of being cat-called while running. “Once, a man called me a slut for not responding to him,” she stated. No woman deserves to be insulted for choosing not to acknowledge a comment.
She also told a horrifying story of being followed while on a run. “I got cat-called. I ignored it and kept on my way. But the weirdest thing was I saw him again six miles down the trail. He said the exact same thing when I ran past,” Amos said. She finished her run just before dark and was about to enter her apartment complex when she noticed the same man was standing there. This time he was trying to approach her. “I kept running to my friend’s apartment complex, but after that incident, I ran with pepper spray. Soon after, I took the rape aggression course on campus too, but I still feel uncomfortable on my typical route sometimes,” Amos stated.
Another student, Megan Sadler, had a similar story of being followed. “I was running and accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in a rough part of town. I turned around and realized that I was being followed. He began to yell at me and tried to convince me to get in his car with him,” Sadler stated. Sadler, fortunately, was able to call a friend to come pick her up before the situation escalated, but she is still affected by the incident today. “Now, I never run alone. I always go with my boyfriend or a friend. I wish I was brave enough to go by myself because running used to be my ‘me-time,'” Sadler said.
What can we do to make sure that the percentage of women that have been harassed during a run will decrease as the number of women participating in running increases? We can help each other out. As women, we can ensure that when we see something happening, we stand up for each other. Men, you can do the same. If you’re out on a run and you see or hear something inappropriate, call it out. Let’s make sure that women have the right to go for a run without being concerned about their safety. We have to do it together.
Students were sad after the loss to Florida on a last-minute touchdown play, but still had hope for the rest of the year. But after the horrific 41-0 loss to Georgia in their own stadium as well as the touchdown-less 14-9 loss against the Gamecocks students are displaying their anger. Students sprayed, “Fire Butch Now,” on the rock, began to talk about the end of his tenure in class, and and angry mood swept over campus.
I interviewed four different students about their opinion on Butch Jones, and they all agreed he should be fired. While some students gave him recognition for his recruiting abilities, they stated that he hasn’t capitalized on the athletic ability we have. One student I interviewed, Mary Klepzig, even stated that she didn’t attend the South Carolina game because she was so unimpressed with the team.
Students were able to request eight additional guest tickets for the South Carolina game this weekend when in the past, students have not been able to request even 1 additional guest ticket for SEC games. This shows that the demand for student tickets was incredibly low this week. Did a lower than normal attendance have any effect on Butch Jones’ job? We’ll have to wait and see.
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The Volunteers will head to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Wildcats Saturday. This Halloween game will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network. Here are 15 facts you need to know heading into the game:
1. The Vols are 77-24-9 all-time against Kentucky and Saturday’s game will be the 111th meeting between the teams.
2. The Volunteers have 12 all-time wins on Oct. 31.
3. Saturday’s game will mark the first time since 1944 that UT and UK are not playing in the month of November.
4. Tennessee’s 77 wins against Kentucky are its most against any opponent.
5. The Vols have won 29 out of the last 30 meetings with the Wildcats.
6. UT has scored 24 or more points in seven of the last eight meetings with UK.
7. Joshua Dobbs is 2-0 against Kentucky, including his first win as a quarterback in the 2013 season.
8. The Volunteers longest losing streak to the Wildcats is four games between 1909 and 1912.
9. UT’s 34-point win (50-16) in last year’s game marked the Vols’ largest margin of victory against UK since a 59-20 win in 2000.
10. Tennessee is 36-14-3 in Lexington.
11. The Volunteers are currently third in rushing yards per game in the SEC, averaging 209.1, with four games of 200-plus yards under their belt.
12. The Wildcats’ last win in the series came in 2011, when UK beat the Derek Dooley-led Vols. Before that, the ‘Cats had not won a game against the Vols since 1984.
13. The Vols’ largest loss to Kentucky came in 1893 with a final score of 56-0.
14. Tennessee currently leads the NCAA in kick-off return average at 36.9 yards per game.
15. Tennessee has held Kentucky under 20 points in each of their last five meetings.
Edited by Cody McClure
After a tough loss to Oklahoma in week two, Tennessee did not disappoint in a 55-10 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday. In front of an impressive crowd of 102,136 people, the Vols were in control from the first snap to the final whistle.
Tennessee had plenty of playmakers on Saturday, such as Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry, who combined for three touchdowns. However, this week’s best performance goes to true freshman wide receiver Preston Williams.
The former five-star recruit exceeded expectations against the Catamounts. Williams had three receptions, two of which were touchdowns, and 98 yards receiving. Williams also became the first freshman since Justin Hunter in 2010 to have two receiving touchdowns in one game.
The game started and ended with Williams, as he scored the Vols’ first and last touchdowns. Early in the first quarter, Williams had his first career reception, a 25-yard pass from quarterback Josh Dobbs, to put the Volunteers up 6-0. In the third quarter, freshman quarterback Quinten Dormady connected with Williams from 24 yards out for Tennessee’s final score of the night.
Head coach Butch Jones had nothing but praise for Williams in his post-game press conference.
“He [Williams] is really good in the intermediate throws, in quick game, in curls, in outs, in comebacks,” said Jones. “But he’s just so long, he can play the ball in the air, and he can run. It was great to really get him going tonight… two touchdowns.”
The 6′ 4,” 210-pound receiver will be looking to make more plays Saturday as the Volunteers travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.
Edited by Cody McClure