A female jogger's Facebook post about a recent experience she had with a harasser is going viral due to the unlikely hero who came to her rescue. Julia Price was out on a jog one afternoon when she started getting catcalled by an older man on his lunch break. Thankfully, a very gallant little boy was walking by with his family at the time, and he spoke up in her defense.
Here's what Julia wrote in her Facebook post:
I was on my usual running path when I heard an older man yelling loudly enough for me to hear through my headphones. 'Sexy lady, hey hey hey sexy lady!' He kept screaming it and I decided to just ignore him and keep running.
This ignoring seemed to piss him off so he lashed out and said 'eff you, dumb B-----!' Now let's keep in mind he was well-dressed and appeared to be on his lunch break from an office job.
That was my trigger point. The B word. I ripped off my headphones prepared to stand up for myself when this little boy who was walking alongside his mother and little sister in a stroller looked at the guy and said, 'Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn't like you yelling at her. You shouldn't do that because she is a nice girl and I don't let anyone say mean things to people. She's a girl like my sister and I will protect her.'
The man was immediately embarrassed and started gathering his lunch to leave. I asked the mother if I could hug the little boy (his name is James) and I told him how grateful I was for him. He just shrugged and said 'Well I just wanted to make sure your heart was okay.'
According to his mother, this is a typical day in the life of James. Thank you so much to the mothers and fathers who are raising the next generation to be brave and courageous, and to be little earth angels for all. I am so touched.
That post has gotten just under one million likes and over 150,000 shares on Facebook. The comments are overwhelmingly positive as well, with many people commending the young man for his chivalry.
"Amazing young man whose parents did a great job raising him to be a real man," wrote one commenter. "If only the older man's parents had raised him the same way."
Another commenter wrote, "Thank you for sharing James and his ray of Hope for the next generation," while yet another user said, "What a remarkable old soul James has. Caring within the moment, holding space with a stranger, and landing his words with impeccable grace. A true teacher."
Price updated her post to reflect her gratitude to James, calling him "a symbol of hope for all of us." She also added, "I think that there's a part of him that we all have in ourselves - that compassion and courage to stand up for others fearlessly, no matter what that looks like."