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Sexual Harassment in Housing Targeted by Feds

People should feel safe in their homes, not live in fear of sexual harassment, officials said.

Federal authorities are stepping up efforts to combat sexual harassment in housing.

One victim featured in a new national public service announcement said her landlord threatened to evict her if she didn’t have sex with him.

“It was something that I didn’t want to do but I had to do it. I didn’t know I had a choice at that time, but now that I do, I want other people to know that they do. I want other women to know that they don’t have to take this. This is just uncalled for. It’s unspeakable.”

Click here to watch the video.

Federal officials want victims to know help is available.

“A person’s home is where they should feel the safest, not to live in fear of being subjected to sexual harassment,” said Anna María Farías with HUD.

John Gore, a justice department official, agreed, saying, “Unfortunately, there are still too many landlords and managers who attempt to prey on vulnerable individuals.”

HUD will distribute the video to all Public Housing Agencies across the United States.

Last April, HUD and DOJ launched a campaign to combat sexual harassment in housing.

People who believe they may have been victims of sexual harassment in housing should call the Justice Department at (844) 380-6178, send an email to fairhousing@usdoj.gov, or contact HUD at (800) 669-9777.

 

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