How many of the examined organisations have anything to address sexual violence against their employees?
Over a one year period, Report the Abuse researched 92 different UN agencies, INGOs and governmental bodies to see whether they had response strategies, policies and procedures on the topic. The majority do not – in fact only 16% of the organisations we researched had any form of strategy or documentation to address the problem.
This compounds the issues facing survivors, with their organisations at times ill equipped to address what has happened to them. Re-traumatisation in such a situation is reasonably foreseeable.
Armed with the knowledge that this is a gap in our industry, Report the Abuse published its first report in August 2016, designed to be a step towards helping humanitarian and development organisations develop structures to first combat and secondly address acts of sexual violence committed by and against their employees.