Austrian Children’s NGO Faces Sex Abuse Claims

Austrian NGO SOS Kinderdorf reported that children in their facilities and projects have faced sexual abuse since the 1990s.

According to  SOS Kinderdorf’s publicized report, cases of abuse have taken place at around 50 projects in more than 20 countries worldwide especially in Africa and Asia.

The managing director of SOS Kinderdorf in Austria, Elisabeth Hauser did not say specifically which countries the abuses took place in and how many children are exactly affected. 

Hauser said that investigations are still ongoing and there would be transparent processing of the incidents. 

Some details were disclosed during an external review last November.  

SOS Kinderdorf claimed that it had already started an initial investigation three years ago.

Hauser said there were allegations that executives were aware of some of the incidents but suppressed investigations. 

There was also allegedly evidence that funds were mismanaged or misused.

SOS Kinderdorf managing director Ingrid Maria Johansen apologized to the victims and announced new measures to address the incidents.  

Johansen added that a compensation fund worth millions of euros has been set up for the abuse victims. 

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