Insecurity Insight is monitoring reported incidents of sexual violence by conflict actors, law enforcement agencies and affecting IDPs and refugees in the DRC. Regular updates are available through the Monthly News Brief on Sexual Violence.
The recent revelations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by aid workers working in the 10th Ebola response in the Eastern part of the DRC has again demonstrated that sexual exploitation and abuse is widespread yet under reported in humanitarian emergencies.
Sexual exploitation of Congolese women working with the Ebola response is a concern. We know that this is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg and we believe that survivors deserve a safe and secure reporting platform where they can report and share their experience.
With the emergence of the 11th Ebola outbreak and the COVID-19 crisis we know that there are risks of the same patterns continuing to occur in public health emergencies. We are currently developing an online reporting platform to empower survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse to record their experience safely and securely. Read our recommendations on sexual violence reporting.
If you are working in any public health response in the DRC and have experienced sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid response, this reporting platform is for you.
The platform is in development state. If you are interested get in touch and help us test the platform.
We know that reporting sexual exploitation and abuse is difficult and often survivors confide in a trusted intermediary. Therefore, if you are a trusted supported to a survivor of sexual exploitation and abuse and wish to report their experience on their behalf then you can do so here.