‘I hide a lot:’ The dangers of being a homeless woman in Portland

On Tuesday, Portland police arrested a man accused of luring homeless women into his apartment and sexually abusing them. It’s an all-too-familiar situation.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Under the Burnside Bridge, Anna sits on a mattress. She used to camp across the street, but city crews removed her site Thursday morning. She’s new to street life, having been homeless for just a few months. But it didn’t take her long to learn of the dangers that come with it.

“There’s such a hatred out here targeted at women,” she said. “Women just get abused and beat up for no reason.”

She protects herself the only

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