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Around the world, brave women (and some men) have been breaking the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse committed by those in positions of power.Unfortunately, the experiences victims are describing have included sexual exploitation by staff of the United Nations. But it is not the responsibility of survivors to prevent abuse. The relationships between OCHA and IOM field staff and the vulnerable people they assist are built on trust. Sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian and development workers of the very people they are meant to be helping is the gravest violation of that trust. Looking ahead, the leaders of all U.N. agencies and major non-governmental organizations will need to maintain the current momentum on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, as previously agreed through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a key humanitarian coordination platform chaired by OCHA.Sexual harassment in the workplace, like sexual exploitation of people in need, has no place in the United Nations, or anywhere else.
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