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Women in East Boston wary after rise in reported assaults

Vilma Ruiz says she feels like a prisoner in her own neighborhood.

“If it’s after 7 p.m., I don’t go out,” said Ruiz as she walked down Meridian Street in East Boston on Thursday afternoon, her two young children in tow. “If I run out of milk, I’ll tell my husband to swing by the store and pick some up when he leaves work, because I don’t dare leave the house.”

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