In Marion County, nearly half of the people experiencing homelessness are women. Among them, about 86% have reported being abused or attacked when homeless.
“You’ve got a lot more assaults, you’ve got women getting raped and you’ve got women being sold and used for this (or that),” Nowlin said. “(You hear,) ‘If you want to stay here in this tent, you’re gonna do this, this and this,’ and ‘If you want my protection while you’re on the streets, you’re gonna do this, this and this.’
“I think women can survive out there too, I mean, I have, it can be done, it can harden you,” she said. “But you’re more vulnerable.”
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