Overseas development charities have reported 80 new incidents of sexual misconduct or abuse involving their staff, it emerged today.
The Charity Commission said that since The Times reported that seven Oxfam staff had paid for prostitutes or bullied colleagues in Haiti after its earthquake in 2011 a further 26 aid organisations had come forward to report cases of sexual misbehaviour or malpractice.
Of these, seven charities reported serious incidents that arose during the last financial year and 19 notified the regulator of historic cases of abuse that they had not reported at the time. It total 80 new incidents were reported.
These new cases spanned the “full spectrum” of seriousness, the commission said. It will examine details of each incident and pass details to the national crime agency for potential prosecutions if necessary.
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Allegations of sexual abuse of children and rape of volunteers abroad are among the 80 serious safeguarding incidents reported to the Charity Commission by aid organisations since the Oxfam scandal broke, it has emerged.
Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, said 26 charities had come forward to report recent and historical cases, covering the “full spectrum” of incidents where people had been harmed or were at risk of harm.
The Charity Commission said the incidents ranged from very serious allegations of abuse, including sexual abuse of volunteers, beneficiaries and children, to reports of safeguarding procedures not being followed.
Some aid charities had come forward with allegations that it had not been previously aware of, said the commission, which refused to name the charities involved. Seven aid groups had reported incidents that had taken place over the last financial year, it said.