Policy paper

Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in the Aid Sector: victim and survivor voices listening exercise

Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) in the International Aid Sector. Victim and survivor voices: main findings from a DFID-led listening exercise.



It is crucial to listen to those who experience and witness sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) and enable their voices to inform prevention, response and continual improvement.

From June to October 2018, we reached out to and established an ongoing dialogue with a diverse range of both southern and international representatives of victims and survivors. The testimony we heard led us to group the findings of our research into three separate but interlocking areas:

  • barriers to reporting sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment
  • reporting mechanisms and systems
  • victim and survivor support
Published 18 October 2018