Oxfam scandal fallout sees 'small number' of Australian donors withdraw support

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Oxfam toughened up how sex abuse allegations among volunteers, both in the United Kingdom and overseas, are investigated after the shocking case when senior staff members hired prostitutes, who may have been underage, for a "Caligula-style orgy" in earthquake-torn Haiti in 2011, as revealed by a damning report.

Fearing that not every detail of the #Haiti accusations have been "disclosed" by the charity, the #Charity Commission in the United Kingdom has launched an inquiry into the organisation in an attempt to figure out if they covered up previous allegations.

The comments add to the condemnation anti-poverty charity Oxfam has received since the Times of London revealed that some staff members paid for sex while working in Haiti among people devastated by the 2010 natural disaster.

The charity received £31.7 million from the UK Government in 2016/17, but the support has been put at risk by the scandal, which led to the resignation of its deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence.

Although Oxfam seemed to have dismissed the behavior, critics have pointed out that the optics suggest that charity workers were exchanging life-saving aid for sex.

"All I can tell you about this bad revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated", the 48-year-old wrote on Twitter. According to one report, children were among those sexually exploited by aid workers.

Later, she said that Oxfam had made "a full and unqualified apology to me, and to the people of Britain and Haiti - for the appalling behaviour of some of their staff in Haiti in 2011, and for the wider failings of their organisation's response to it".

Although the organization works in Haiti, it said none of its employees or funds were involved in the alleged sexual misconduct, as Oxfam Quebec operated separately from its British affiliate in 2011.

The head of mission in Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, wasforced to resign when Oxfam learned of the abuses.

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"It was not just the processes and procedures of that organisation that were lacking but moral leadership", she added.

In a statement Ms Driver said she was "nothing short of horrified" by the allegations.

Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima called the entire revelation as "shocking".

An Oxfam store in London.

"As an organisation, we are ashamed by the actions of some of our staff and are more committed now than ever to learn from our mistakes and ensure we uphold the highest levels of safeguarding standards in our work around the world".

Mordaunt had threatened to pull public funding from Oxfam unless the charity revealed everything it knows about the Haiti allegations.

Oxfam is not the first non-governmental organisation to be accused of abuse.

In a statement, Oxfam denied providing positive references for those implicated, and said they were likely provided on an individual capacity.

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