Slumlords force poor women to choose between sexual favors or eviction

"These women know how they're perceived in society." Poor mothers make easy victims to men in charge of their housing.

The heartbreaking stories of women who endured years of sexual abuse in our public housing system shouldn’t be a big…

Those who run public housing have a lot of power over a mostly female clientele, many with small children. They can revoke funding, which take years to get, and evict women at will. Since there has never been a national study on sexual abuse in housing, and there is no requirement to report or even record harassment complaints, we are left to examine women’s stories.