No Excuse for Abuse

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No Excuse for Abuse

Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Action

Humanitarian workers are obliged to create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of their code of conduct. However, few easily-accessed resources exist to explain the principles of preventing sexual exploitation to humanitarian actors.

To help meet this need, InterAction and Translators Without Borders (TWB) have teamed up to create a video highlighting the six core principles of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA). Through this collaboration InterAction and TWB produced a six-minute video that illustrates the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The goal of this project was to create a free, informative, and broadly accessible resource that can be used in a range of multi-cultural and multi-lingual settings.

You can find the different subtitling options by turning on closed captions [CC] and then selecting your language by clicking on [settings].

Subtitles are currently available in Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, English, Filipino, French, Fulah, Hausa, Indonesian, Khmer, Pashto, Portuguese, Rundi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Turkish, and Ukrainian—with more languages to come.

Voiceovers are currently available in Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, Burmese, French, Fulah, Hausa, Indonesian, Pashto, Portuguese, Rohingya, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Tshiluba, and Turkish. The videos with voiceovers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Who is this video for?

This video was designed to be a useful tool for humanitarian organizations to educate their staff, including contractors and short-term staff, on the six core principles of PSEA. Although this video shouldn’t replace a comprehensive PSEA training, it can be used in instances of sudden-onset emergency, when organizations don’t have the time or capacity to immediately carry out a comprehensive PSEA training.

Additionally, this video is a great resource to complement comprehensive PSEA trainings and can be used as an introduction or plain language background on the IASC six core principles that is easy to digest for frontline staff who have not been exposed to these messages previously.

Through thoughtful and comprehensive work done by TWB, this video has been translated into several languages spoken in risk affected areas. If you or your organization would like to have this video translated, please contact Anna Jaffe ( for more information. InterAction cannot be held responsible for versions of this video translated by outside parties.

This video was developed in collaboration with Translators Without Borders, and in consultation with a reference group which included: Catholic Relief Services, Medical Teams International, Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mobility International USA, Save the Children, HelpAge, International Medical Corps (IMC), International Organization for Migration PSEA Support Team (IOM), and the World Food Program (WFP). Valuable input was also received from the IASC Secretariat.

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