Homicides in Boston reached a 10-year low last year. While Boston is becoming safer overall, crime rates are still high among some groups. According to the Department of Justice, blacks are six times as likely to be the victim of homicide than whites.

Boston Police Department started recording homicide data in 1963. From the 4,000+ homicides recorded from 1963–2014 in Boston, only 2,273 identified the race of the victim. From those, this is the overall breakdown.

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By looking at the difference between the percentage of the total population and the percentage of total murder victims, we are able to see the difference clearly. The murder rate has been becoming increasingly disproportionate to the populations.

The murder rate for black victims has remained disproportionately high as population growth has leveled off. In 2010, almost 80 percent of the homicide victims were black while they represented only 24 percent of the total population. In 1970, 38 percent of the homicide victims were black but only represented 16 percent of the total population.

Reversely, the murder rate for white victims has remained disproportionately low when compared to the total population. In 2010, whites were 15 percent of the homicide victims, but represented 54 percent of the total population. In 1970, whites were 56 percent of the homicide victims, but represented 82 percent of the population. These trends have continued to widen since 1970.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 11.21.10 AM According to the data of 2008 to 2014 in Boston, there are 373 homicide incidents, of which, there are 54 female victims involved – it is not taking a huge percentage, but it is critical for women, as a minority group, to know how to protect themselves. Female has always been stereotyped as weak, living as a minority group in society. It makes sense that most of women are physically smaller and weaker compare to most of men, which make them potentially more vulnerable to be hurt in real life.

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After clearing all the data from 2008 to 2014, young females are more likely to be the victims of homicide. Female victims between 21 to 30 years old are taking almost half of the total female victims population of the given year. From the data, we can say young women might be one of the vulnerable targets that need to be paid special attention to. The time of the homicide takes place is also very critical –  homicide at night are almost two times more likely to take place compare to day time. Moreover, from the analysis of the ethnicities of female victims each year tells me that women of any ethnicities can be potential victims and among which, black women have the highest rate of being victimized.

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Base on the data I have cleared out, I believe it would be a convincing piece to use the data to point out the actual situations and trends of homicide (attacks) to the readers and provide instructions of protection accordingly targeted at women specifically. This piece should get female readers really think about protecting themselves in right ways when they encounter any related situations or groups.