PROTECTING THE ORGANIZATION vs PROTECTING THE VICTIM

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According to this New York Times article, the United Nations’ secretary general has vowed greater accountability for sexual misconduct. But many employees say that won’t end decades of sexism and abuse within the organization.

The way the U.N. handles sex assault cases is pretty much the way most organizations handle them and other harassment and abuse claims. Peter Gallo an investigator at the Office of Internal Oversight Services at the U.N. perfectly defines what is at the core of this when he described, “The whole thing is designed to protect the organization” adding “The U.N. is more interested in its reputation than in protecting victims.”