As the statistics show, over 120 workers of Britain’s charities have been accused of sexual abuse in the previous year. Penny Mourdant, the International Development Secretary, interpreted the figure as the “shocking” one.
According to the Oxfam, 87 allegations of sexual misbehavior have been recorded. The British Red Cross has also revealed that a “small number of cases of harassment reported in the UK”. One former staff in Oxfam said that women believed to be prostitutes were invited to the Oxfam team house.
The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt described the news as “shocking” and has threatened to withdraw funding from Oxfam and “any other organization that has safeguarding issues”.
Mordaunt believes that the recent allegations attributed to Oxfam, threaten its relationship with the Government. She accused the charity of lying and failing in its “moral leadership”. “I am affording them the opportunity to tell me in person what they did after these events and I’m going to be looking to see if they are displaying the moral leadership that I think they need to now,” she added.
She has also threatened the organization by saying “if the moral leadership at the top of the organization is not there then we cannot have you as a partner.” Priti Patel, the former International Development Secretary, has accused the aid sector of building a “culture of denial” around exploitation as scrutiny widens to other NGOs.
“There has been in my view, not just a cover-up with Oxfam, there is a denial, a culture of denial in the aid sector about the exploitation and sexual abuse that has taken place historically for decades,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics.