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This whole sector needs a shake-up. It needs a deep clean.
– Helen Evans
International aid charity Oxfam has been accused of sexual misconduct and abuse both in their UK shops and within their foreign disaster zones.
Whistleblower Helen Evans, the former head of Safeguarding at the charity quit after she says senior bosses ignored her evidence regarding volunteers trading aid for sex in areas like Haiti, as well as cover ups by UK shop managers. It’s even been reported that 123 alleged incidents of sexual harassment have been investigated in the last nine years. And Oxfam’s Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence has also quit as the organisation is warned it could lose more than £30 million of government funding.
I think it’s right that Oxfam should be held to the highest possible standards. We’re ashamed of what happened we apologise for what happened. We want to improve and we want to put things right and we want to be able to explain to our supporters.
– Tim Hunter
As a Charity Commission launches an investigation, and questions are asked about the amount of money which is wasted, we speak to Oxfam's Director of Fundraising Tim Hunter and journalist and former Head of Celebrity Liaison at the charity, Elisa Roche.
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