Another issue that our office would like you to be aware of is sexual harassment in housing. The Department of Justice has recently started an initiative that is focused on helping residents of housing or applicants of housing who may have experienced sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act in the form of sexual harassment. Below is some information on what sexual harassment in housing might look like, and behaviors that could indicate this harassment:
What does sexual harassment in housing look like?
Who might be a victim?
-Housing Benefit Applicants or Recipients
-Loan Applicants or Recipients
Who might be a harasser?
-Building or property managers
-Housing authority employees
-Building security guards
What are typical behaviors that might indicate sexual harassment in housing?
-Commenting on the victim’s body or looks
-Sending sexually suggestive text messages to victim
-Lurking or spying on victim
-Exposing self to victim, showing victim pornography, talking about set with the victim
-Touching the victim without consent
-Conditioning certain housing benefits- for example- renting to the victim, making repairs, excusing a late rent payment- on the receipt of sexual favors including engaging in sexual acts, taking pictures of the victim
-Threatening to evict the victim if they do not engage in sexual acts or favors
Should you have experienced sexual harassment in housing, you can contact the Department of Justice to report this by the following methods:
For more information on sexual harassment in housing, you can view the flyers below: