Oxfam sex scandal: Charity shops hit by 123 sexual harassment claims

"I struggled to understand why they didn't respond immediately", she told Channel 4, adding that, beyond abuse overseas, a teen volunteer was abused at an Oxfam location in Britain.

The revelation is the latest blow to the global charity's reputation after it was hit with claims that workers paid prostitutes for sex while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.

By "he", Lawrence is referring to Oxfam's country director for Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, who is reported to have used prostitutes at a residence rented for him by Oxfam.

Mr Goldring apologised to Ms Evans over the way her concerns were handled.

Announcing her resignation on Monday, Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence said Oxfam had become aware over the past few days that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that the organisation failed to adequately act upon.

"Our priority is to stand alongside the women who were abused, and to root out sexual misconduct from our organization and we are working on that".

More organizations that have relationships with Oxfam like Marks and Spencer and the Duke of Edinburgh Award have also conveyed their concern about the scandal and are considering pulling support for Oxfam.

She said a meeting was held to discuss her concerns about widespread abuse but no action was taken until a year ago.

Evans told Channel 4 News of a survey conducted during her 2012-2015 tenure which exposed a "culture of sexual abuse" in some Oxfam offices.

What I recognise now, with the severity of issues as they have emerged, is that we should have resourced that team up faster as we now have, indeed, done.

Oxfam could lose the money it receives from the British government after the growing scandal
Oxfam could lose the money it receives from the British government after the growing scandal

We are committed to continually learning and improving in order to protect our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries from sexual harassment and abuse and create a safe place to work for all.

The devastating 2010 natural disaster in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people and caused damage worth an estimated 117 percent of GDP in the already impoverished nation, the poorest in the Americas.

Haitian President Jovenal Moise also waded into the scandal for the first time late Monday, when he posted on Twitter that the abuse in his country was a "extremely serious violation of human dignity".

The charity's reputation suffered a further blow on Tuesday after Juan Alberto Fuentes, chairman of Oxfam International, was arrested in Guatemala as part of a local corruption investigation.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt ordered the charity to send all the evidence of alleged criminal behaviour by its staff to a host of law enforcement agencies.

In a statement she said: "I am desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this [misconduct] has caused to Oxfam's supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us".

He is shocked by the recent revelations and says the storm that has hit the charity is similar to the sex scandals that have hit Hollywood and also Westminster in recent months.

Meanwhile, Tory MP and former worldwide development secretary Justine Greening has told Sky News that she is "absolutely shocked" to hear of the claims that some of the charity's employees used prostitutes in the country.

"I told Oxfam they must now demonstrate the moral leadership necessary to address this scandal, rebuild the trust of the British public, their staff and the people they aim to help, and deliver progress on these assurances", she said.

Vanessa Coleman

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