The charity employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.It said it referred 53 of the complaints to police and other services, while 33 were internally investigated, with about three-quarters resulting in disciplinary action.Save the Children said it received 31 allegations of sex abuse over the last year and referred 10 cases to authorities."Unfortunately, there are incidents of sexual harassment in every sector and every country around the world, and the aid sector is no exception," a spokeswoman for Save The Children said in an email to the Thomson Reuters Foundation."We welcome transparency and accountability in the international development and humanitarian sector," added the group, which employs about 25,000 people around the world.Aid groups International Committee of the Red Cross, Plan International, CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Mercy Corps said in email statements that they had strict policies to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace but most admitted it remained an under-reported issue.Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he's entitled to an ethics committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve," Gillibrand said, after the female senators said they had consulted each other extensively on the matter before deciding that Franken, who has a likeable reputation because of his comedic past, has to go. The International Rescue Committee and World Vision had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publishing.
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.
NEW DELHI: Al Franken, a popular writer-comedian turned Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota, said on Thursday that he is resigning from the US Senate as America's predatory sexual behavior scandal began to take a toll of its male elites in politics and entertainment.
Franken announced his resignation on the Senate floor, where Republicans have a 52-48 majority, after female lawmakers from his own party turned on him and asked him to quit.