AS SOMEONE who was born and raised in East Boston, I am angry and saddened by the recent attacks on women in both East Boston and the North End (“After assaults, self-defense classes offered,” Metro, March 2). In the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, we walked at all hours of the day or night in both neighborhoods in confidence of our safety.
I applaud Mayor Walsh and the Boston Police Department for stepping up patrols and offering free self-defense programs. Women deserve to attend school and raise their families in safety.
I call upon the mayor’s office and the police to conduct an old-fashioned town meeting in these neighborhoods. Perhaps as a community we will be able to align ourselves with other agencies, such as rape crisis services and women’s organizations, to combat the assaults and their effects on our residents.
Of course, the main focus must remain apprehending the responsible party or parties and bringing them to justice, and restoring a sense of relief to those currently living in fear.
Cooperation from the community itself will go a long way. This will send the message that Boston will not tolerate violence against women. The city needs to reclaim the sanctuary that was once our neighborhoods.