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Landlord Sexual Assault and Rape of Tenants

Survey Findings and Advocacy Approaches

By Theresa Keeley

A recent survey reveals that sexual assault and rape of tenants by landlords are a prevalent but often unrecognized and underreported problem that contributes to homelessness. Attorneys and advocates must work together to identify and deal with tenants’ sexual victimization that may underlie other more obvious legal problems concerning tenants’ housing in order to advance appropriate legal remedies.

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