British charity Oxfam was reeling Tuesday after fresh claims of sexual
assault and rape, this time between aid workers in South Sudan.
Evans, former global head of safeguarding, also warned of assaults on
children volunteering in Oxfam’s hundreds of high-street charity shops
accused senior managers of failing to act, heaping pressure on chief
executive Mark Goldring just hours after his deputy resigned over a
scandal involving aid workers’ use of prostitutes in Haiti.
told Channel 4 News of a survey conducted during her 2012-2015 tenure
which exposed a “culture of sexual abuse” in some Oxfam offices.
survey of 120 staff across three countries found between 11 and 14
percent said they witnessed or experienced sexual assault.
percent of staff in South Sudan — four people — witnessed or experienced
rape or attempted rape involving colleagues.
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said she asked to take her findings to the senior leadership team at
Oxfam, but the meeting was cancelled and Goldring said that discussing
the report would not take things any further.
during her tenure, Evans said she received three new allegations in a
single day in February 2015, including one woman forced to have sex for
was one of a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response
by another aid worker, another case where a woman had been coerced to
have sex in exchange for aid, and another one where it had come to our
attention where a member of staff had been struck off for sexual abuse
and hadn’t disclosed that,” she said.
— now a local councillor in England — said she “struggled” to understand
why senior management did not give her more resources to address the
a separate issue, Channel 4 cited figures showing seven incidents of
“inappropriate conduct with children” in Oxfam’s shops in 2013/14.
case involving an adult volunteer assaulting a child — the minimum age
for volunteers is 14 — went to court, Evans said.
has been battling accusations it covered up a scandal involving its aid
workers in Haiti, which has put government funding at risk and threatens
its global reputation.
has denied covering up misconduct allegations against staff members
accused of using prostitutes in Haiti following a devastating 2010
earthquake, but admits it could have been more transparent.
deputy chief Penny Lawrence resigned on Monday, saying: “As programme
director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I
take full responsibility.”