Briefing Paper: Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers

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Key Messages

• Sexual assault against female aid workers appears widespread, yet it remains grossly underreported and under-acknowledged
• The vast majority of perpetrators are men working in the aid industry, often those in supervisor/higher-level positions than their victims
• Very few agencies have robust policies and procedures for prevention, security training, investigation and response to sexual assault against aid workers
• The humanitarian community can no longer be reactive to specific instances of sexual assault when they occur, but needs to proactively plan for prevention, response and support