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Sex abuse cases stalk aid sector with dozens fired

– As sexual harassment scandals hit Hollywood and beyond, reports of abuse have also rocked the charity sector, with two major aid groups revealing they sacked dozens of staff members over sexual misconduct in the last year.

International humanitarian group Save the Children said it fired 16 staff members over reports of sexual harassment in the past year.

The aid agency was the only charity contacted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week that publicly revealed these figures. British aid group Oxfam last week said it dismissed 22 staff in the year ending April 2017.

Other charities declined to reveal the number of sex abuse cases they had received, with some saying these figures were not centrally collated, or were handled by a third party.

There has been heightened global attention around sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace in the wake of dozens of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Save the Children said it received 31 allegations of sex abuse over the last year, and referred 10 cases to authorities.

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