Lazio governor requests schools to raise awareness of violence against women.
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has called on the Italian government to introduce new laws to crack down on sexual violence, following a spate of attacks against women in the capital and across Italy.
Referring to recent high-profile cases in Rome, Rimini, Lecce and Catania, Raggi said the attacks were "monstrous", declaring it has been a "black September" for Italy.
The Lazio governor Nicola Zingaretti has requested teachers in schools throughout the region to organise educational activities condemning violence against women, presenting their projects on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Raggi and Zingaretti made their comments hours after the news that a German woman had been raped and tied naked to a tree in Rome's central Villa Borghese.
The case follows a series of sexual assaults against foreign women in the capital.
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