History of Report the Abuse – Report The Abuse
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History of Report the Abuse

Report the Abuse (RTA) began on 19 August 2015 as an advocacy campaign hosted by the International Women’s Rights Project, a non-profit organisation based in Canada. This allowed the concept of the organisation to grow and receive its first grant from a Swiss foundation, which covered both core and activity funding for 2016.


RTA became a separate legal entity on 1 July 2016, as an association under the law of Switzerland. This move marked a new direction in the work of the organisation and signals the stability and permanence of the mission of the organisation – this is not a short-term project or temporary movement, but an established body dedicated to accomplishing its goals.

RTA’s organisational strategy recognises that ending sexual violence against humanitarian workers requires a sustained commitment. RTA aims to expand activities as our capacity and experience grow. In particular, we look toward ensuring that protection from sexual violence extends comprehensively throughout organisations to international staff as well as to national staff and those working for national organisations, who equally experience sexual violence in their work as humanitarians.


RTA is already establishing a reputation for developing solutions to this complex problem. Through advocacy and collaboration with existing networks and allies, RTA will lead the movement to prevent and respond to sexual violence in the humanitarian industry.