Report the Abuse does not suggest that the data presented here is a complete picture of the current situation facing humanitarian and development workers. On the contrary, this is just the first of many steps to identifying the nature and type of incidents occurring. National staff and other sectors of the community still need to be reached. Men will be encouraged to report. We will continue to highlight the spectrum, nuances and threads tying all of the survivors together. Those not yet ready will one day find their voice.
Despite the caveat, this is the first published data regarding sexual violence against humanitarian and development workers. It is a momentous occasion for that fact alone, and as more data is collected a stronger picture of the situation will emerge.
The data will be continually updated as more people feel ready to record their experiences or knowledge. All humanitarian and development workers are encouraged to fill out the survey – whether or not they have experienced or witnessed acts of sexual violence. All voices count.