Content warning: This story contains a details about a sexual assault, please read with caution.
Every woman’s nightmare came true for one very brave and badass Seattle resident: Kelly Herron was attacked by a man in a public restroom. Luckily for Herron, she escaped his brutal attack by using tactics she learned in a self-defense class. And now she’s encouraging all women to learn the self-defense moves that could one day save their lives.
Last Sunday afternoon, Herron was out for a 10-mile run in preparation for an upcoming marathon. Four miles in, she stopped to use a public restroom in Golden Gardens Park. She quickly realized she wasn’t alone.
When she turned around, she saw a man standing in the restroom with her. According KOMO News in Seattle, that man was Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old registered level 3 sex offender in Arizona.
Herron tried locking herself in a stall, but Steiner broke in and began beating her.
However, Herron suddenly realized something: “This doesn’t have to be a fair fight,” she thought, and defended herself with self-defense tactics that she had learned in a two-hour class just three weeks earlier.
She took to Instagram to share her story, because we all need to hear it.
Steiner was arrested after a passerby assisted Herron and locked the attacker in a stall with a carabiner clip.
On Wednesday, he was charged with attempted rape after admitting to police he went into the restroom to rape a woman.
We are so proud of Herron and her ability to kick some major ass, freeing herself from a terrifying situation that could have been a lot worse. And it’s definitely time to brush up on those self-defense moves.