Humanitarian Action, Sexual Assault, Human Rights, Policy Development research

STOP the Sexual Assault Against Humanitarian and Development Aid Workers

This report contributes to understanding, preventing, and responding to sexual harassment and assault against humanitarian and development aid workers.

It presents findings on:

  • who the survivors of sexual harassment and assault are
  • who the perpetrators are
  • the conditions that enable and inhibit this violence
  • agencies’ responses, from training through medical and emotional care for survivors

It provides detailed recommendations to assist agencies in preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault against aid workers.

Our findings are drawn from a review and analysis of 78 articles and reports, 24 security-training materials, 2,423 survey respondents from Humanitarian Women’s Network and Report the Abuse studies, 57 testimonies from women and men who are survivors of sexual harassment and assault, and 30 in-depth interviews.