Juba, South Sudan
HR, Security & Staff Wellbeing Focal Points

Sexual assault and harassment of humanitarian aid workers, either by external actors and/or from within their own and partner organisations, is increasingly recognised as a significant risk to the life and well-being of aid workers around the world. This is especially the case for those working in remote environments or places with safety and security issues where the context itself may prevent adequate reporting and responding.

Responding to sexual assault and harassment can be difficult under any circumstances and within the humanitarian aid context, it may be even more challenging. Therefore organisations need to reflect and to prepare their response to sexual assault and harassment, from a medical perceptive as well as from a psychological, security and legal perspective.

Co-led by a Nurse & Psychologist this one day course aims to help your organisation respond appropriately in the event of sexual assault. You will be provided with the opportunity to reflect on your current organisational policies and practices. We will be focusing on the needs of the individual and how you can best support them in the aftermath of an incident. We will cover how to use PEP / Physical Assault Kit which contains medication and equipment to help prevent infections and pregnancy and will give you give guidance on how and when to access advice from clinicians.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define sexual assault, abuse and harassment;

  • Understand the complexity of the context of sexual assault and harassment;

  • Describe the medical issues around sexual assault;

  • Effectively use PEP / physical assault kit;

  • Think through the potential safety/security and legal implications of an assault within the context in which your teams operate;

  • Recognize the range of psychological responses to a sexual assault and appropriately manage shock after an incident;

  • Think creatively about cross-cultural implications when responding to sexual assault;

  • Prepare a contingency plan in your response to sexual assault and harassment.