The new type of data collection — that began in January — is part of a UN initiative to increase transparency with regards to allegations of sexual abuse, the agency said.A 2016 survey of 1,000 female aid workers at 70 organisations found about one in two had experienced persistent sexual advances or unwanted touching at least once in their careers while on a mission.The GOP is now rallying behind its Senate candidate in Alabama Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls as young as 14, after President Trump backed him despite the allegations.

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British aid group Oxfam last week said it dismissed 22 staff in the year ending April 2017.

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.

GOP house leaders have also kept mum over reports that a Texas lawmaker used $ 84,000 from a secret taxpayer fund to settle a tawdry sexual harassment case filed against him.

Franken referred to all this an emotional address on the Senate floor.

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.

The United Nations last week said 31 new sexual abuse cases were filed between July and September for events stretching back at least three years.

Most of the cases involved staff at UN refugee agency UNHCR but personnel from children's agency UNICEF and migration agency IOM were also included, though not all of the allegations have been verified and some are in the preliminary assessment phase.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party," he said.

All this amid similar allegations against a raft of prominent figures in the entertainment industry - most of whom are Democrat-leaning liberals - including the actor Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and Bill Cosby.

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.