Sexual Abuse is the Norm for the Homeless

By Dearra Schumichen A three-year study conducted by Covenant House revealed statistics of how common trafficking of the homeless is between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. 911 individuals across multiple states that participated in an interview revealed that between 2014 and 2017 nearly one in five young homeless people were victims of human trafficking. Many of these young adults were coerced, manipulated, or threatened to stay in the business. The face of trafficking isn’t obvious, like the common misconception of the masked kidnapper with his getaway van. 91% of those trafficked said they were lured in by false propositions of employment. A trafficking awareness organization, End

Homeless in a Big City

By: Antion Williams-Brown Large cities like New York have a large percentage of homeless people. In 2019 the largest estimated rate of homelessness in a city was Washington D.C ranking in with 94 homeless people per 10,000 citizens. This is just to put things into perspective, see these larger cities have this higher percentage of homeless people because of a few things. First off it is quite expensive to live in a big city and second, they have a large population confined into a smaller space hence why most cities build these tall buildings to maximize population without giving up a lot of space. Now these large cities do a lot of good things for their homeless population, but they also do

Poor, Studying, and Avoiding COVID-19

Article Written By Karah Lindsey The coronavirus pandemic broke the US economy back in March, and it has not made a full recovery. Currently, about 11 percent of Americans are unemployed. With jobs of all types harder and harder to come by, people with a longer employment history are squeezing young people with less experience out of the market. The current employment rate of people 16-19 years of age was 16.1%, and the unemployment rate of people 20-24 years of age was 14.1%. Both totals are well above the national unemployment rate of 8.4%. Many of these people are students, trying hard to balance school and work. Without work or some sort of outside assistance, they will be unable to furt

Hostile Architecture

By Dearra Schumichen For most, a public bench is used to wait for the bus or to take a break from a long walk. For the homeless, a bench, sidewalk, or platform can be a place to sleep safely or comfortably. Some cities have taken measures to prevent this by purposely changing public spaces to be uncomfortable or downright impossible to sit on, and for the homeless this practice can disrupt their way of surviving. This problem isn’t found just here in the US, there are examples of it in Canada and abroad as well. A Canadian-based Twitter account by the name of @DefensiveTO documents examples of what is referred to as hostile or defensive architecture in Toronto. The account seeks to call out

Prevalence of Disability in Homeless Communities

By Preston Saunders Disabilities are a major part of a person’s everyday life that are not often talked about, and especially not so often in the context of homelessness. When assessing cognitive and physical disabilities, homeless populations have been found to be disproportionately represented. Nearly 50% of all homeless individuals have a disability, which is a jump from the 40% of 15 years ago. It is difficult to find shelters with proper accommodations or qualified caregivers, and even more difficult to argue the necessity for policies that support those most impacted. In most cases, becoming disabled will have a toll on both home and work life, which leads to unemployment and dependenc

Public Transportation: An Additional Burden on Poor

By Karah Lindsey Public transportation is horribly inconvenient because it often takes several stops to get to destinations that are only a few miles apart, if it even runs through the areas where someone needs it. This happens both on a national level and a local one. Greyhound, America’s main bus transportation system, makes several stops in between major cities. Driving from Atlanta, Georgia to Pensacola, Florida, would take about 5.5 hours with one stop in Montgomery. However, if you used Greyhound, the bus would make three stops and include a two hour and 55 minute layover in Mobile, Alabama. All told, the trip would take 11 hours and 10 minutes. For people who can’t afford a car and ne

Believing the Victim

Sexual abuse is nothing to take lightly, as a single non-consensual interaction with another person has the ability to leave trauma in a victim for decades. The perpetrators of sexual abuse, or more easily defined rapists, are people that prey on others, and seek only to fulfill their own pleasures without taking into consideration the well being of others. In no way should their actions ever be excused or even seen as remotely justifiable, as they literally hold the capability to destroy the psyche of the person they’ve harassed. The victim, rather, the survivor, should never be blamed for asking for it or being told they deserved what happened to them. They should never be belittled for wh

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