This afternoon Democratic Dorchester State Representative Carlos Henriquez's alleged victim Katherine Gonzalves held a press conference. Here is her statement, obtained from her lawyer, as prepared for delivery.
Good afternoon, my name is Katherine Gonzalves. Two days ago, I was a young woman who was living her life in peace. I was involved with a man who, I believed, cared about me. I was looking forward to resuming my education in the fall. Suddenly, I was thrust into a situation that I, like many others, never anticipated.
For the last couple of days I have been barraged by calls from media representatives, my credibility has been questioned, and my private life has become the topic of speculation. Why? Because the man I was dating hit me and he is a public figure.
Some media outlets have withheld my name from their stories. I appreciate the sensitivity these media outlets have shown, but I am not afraid to speak out and have my voice heard. I am here because I did nothing wrong.
I was assaulted, like many anonymous others, but my situation has been thrust into the public eye because of the status of my attacker. I assure you that the events contained in the police report happened. I have told the truth about this incident and will continue to do so.
I want to express my gratitude to the Northeastern University Police, The Boston Police, and the Arlington Police and both the Suffolk and Middlesex District Attorneys offices and to my family for their support. . I have confidence that the criminal justice system will work and justice will be served.
Henriquez is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers.