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Fighting Back Against Sexual Harassment in Housing


WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding housing can be stressful, especially if money's tight, you're on your own, and you don't have a lot of options. And when someone who can grant you a place to live sexually harasses you, it can leave you feeling unsafe and humiliated.

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According to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative, sexual harassment in housing happens when a landlord, rental manager, maintenance worker, loan officer--anyone with control over your housing situation:

Sexual harassment can take the form of comments about your body, sexual talk or photos, exposure, touching you without your consent, and more. Harassers may promise repairs, a lower rent or mortgage rate, or to prevent your eviction if you agree to their sexual demands. They use their power to exploit your vulnerability.

But you are not alone. It happens all over the country, and chances are, the person who harassed you may have harassed others too. Sexual harassment in housing is illegal. And fair housing is your right.

Did you know there's something you can do about it? Report the harassment by calling DOJ's Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative at 1-844-380-6178 or emailing fairhousing@usdoj.gov. You can give as much detail as you feel comfortable sharing. And if you include contact information, they can follow up.

Depending on your situation, DOJ may

DOJ works with other government agencies including HUD, law enforcement, and state and local governments to help victims of sexual harassment. And DOJ's Civil Rights Division works with U.S. attorneys' offices around the country to investigate and bring lawsuits about sexual harassment in housing.

Even if the sexual harassment happened many years ago, even if you said "yes" to your harasser, or even if you have a criminal record, DOJ may be able to help.

Find more government services for your family at USA.gov. Learn about programs to help you locate affordable rental housing, find free or low-cost legal aid, and get help with your bills.

USAGov is a federal program that guides you to tips and tools in English and in Spanish from hundreds of government agencies, departments, and programs. We make it easier for you to find answers you can trust about government information and services online or by phone.

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