How to report sexual exploitation and abuse

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What is sexual exploitation?

This is the actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, power or trust for sexual purposes.

What is sexual abuse?

It is any sexual act, real or threatened, carried out by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

It is strictly forbidden for UNHCR, UN and NGO partner staff to:

  • Engaging in sexual activity with a person under the age of 18
  • Engaging in sexual activity with anyone in exchange for money, employment, preferential treatment, goods or services
  • Engage in any other form of sexually humiliating, degrading or exploitative behavior
  • Sexual exploitation and abuse are strictly unacceptable and prohibited

Report sexual exploitation and abuse

You can report suspected sexual exploitation or abuse to either the UNHCR Multi-country Senegal Office or directly to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) :

  1. Multi-country office in Senegal  e-mail, telephone, WhatsApp, suggestion box,  or in-person meeting at the GVF office:
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tel : 📞 +221774508106 (Calls, Message, WhatsApp) every Tuesday from 9h to 17H
  • Suggestion box placed at the UNHCR office in Mermoz.
  • Protection audiences at  GVF during the Social Orientation Office hours every Thursday from 9h to 17h.
  1. Inspector General’s Office (IGO) at UNHCR Headquarters:

If you are reporting suspected sexual exploitation or abuse, please include:

  • What happened? Describe in detail what you know about the incident(s).
  • Who committed the alleged wrongdoing?
  • Do you know if anyone else was involved? Please provide full names, job titles and organization, if possible.
  • When and where did the incident(s) occur? Please include dates and times, if possible.
  • Your report will be treated with discretion and will remain strictly confidential

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