City Councilor Rob Consalvo said that as mayor he would strive to sharply reduce the number of stranger rapes, and seek to encourage more victims of domestic violence to seek justice.
“Too many violent crimes against women go unreported,” Consalvo said in a statement. “In addition to using innovative technologies to prevent crimes against women and put criminals on notice, we must commit to create a safe and non-judgmental environment to encourage all women who have been victims to come forward and get the help they need.”
Consalvo said that as mayor, he would make it his goal to decrease the number of rapes of women by strangers in the city by 30 percent. He said he would want to see a 10 percent increase in reports of domestic violence and cases where victims know their rapists.
So far this year, there have been 132 rapes and attempted rapes in Boston as of July 23, according to the most recent figures provided by the Police Department. That is 9 fewer than the same time last year.
The number of domestic violence assaults was not immediately available.
Consalvo also said he would create a citywide task force that would examine ways to prevent violence against women.
He said that if he were elected mayor, the task force would be charged with coming up with ways to target violent offenders who prey on girls and women and to find ways to prevent domestic violence.
Consalvo’s call for the task force comes nearly two weeks after a 28-year-old Boston man allegedly assaulted three women in South Boston in a 24-hour span, killing one of them. It also comes a week before the one-year anniversary of the murders of three women who were shot to death as they sat in a car on Harlem Street in Roxbury. That crime remains unsolved.
“As mayor, I will fight against the evils of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking with all my might,” Consalvo said. “We know that the majority of violence against women is committed by people they know, and by working with advocacy organizations and survivors we will develop innovative approaches to keep women and girls safe in Boston.”Maria Cramer can be reached at email@example.com.