Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thinking About Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger

Trisha Meili was a 28-year-old investment banker when she was brutally attacked by several young men while jogging in New York's Central Park in 1989. She was was left for dead by her attackers, and was in a coma for a number of days.

Because she was believed to have been sexually assaulted, her name was not released in the press, and was known only as "the Central Park Jogger." The woman eventually made a remarkable recovery, and in 2003 revealed her name to the public in connection with a book she had written: "I Am the Central Park Jogger." Trisha Meili's Web site details her story and the work she is doing on behalf of crime victims and people with disabilities.

Trisha Meili has been back in the news this weekend because a jogger was attacked at knifepoint in Central Park Thursday night very close to the area where Meili had been attacked nearly 19 years ago. The victim in this attack was a 23-year-old man who was jogging to prepare for the Army physical fitness test.

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