With two women kidnapped after leaving Boston clubs in a month's time - and with one dead and the other one allegedly raped several times - city councilors today said they plan to look at how the city can make public spaces safer for women by helping to dismantle a pervasive rape culture.
Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George (at large) proposed the hearing. She emphasized she is very grateful for the work done by Boston Police and other law-enforcement agencies to solve the two cases and to step up patrols, but said it's time to address "the sobering reality of culture of these nightlife venues."
Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) said enough is enough with "rape culture" and said that any successful efforts would have to include educating young men and boys to respect women as co-equal partners in our society." Women have the right to celebrate, to drink, to wear short skirts without fearing they will be harmed or killed just for existing, she said.
The next step is for the council's Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice, chaired by Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan and Roslindale) to schedule a hearing at which representatives from police, local nightclubs, and the licensing board would be invited to speak, along with members of the public.
The City Council today approved a proposal by Councilor