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U.N. Vows To Intensify Investigation Of Alleged Abuse

U.N. officials said Tuesday will take steps to ensure the safety of children after a new report revealed youngsters are frequently sexually abused by peacekeepers and international aid workers.

Save the Children United Kingdom said more than half the children interviewed in war zones and disaster areas knew of cases of coerced sex and improper sexual touching.

In many cases, the children interviewed in southern Sudan, Haiti and the Ivory Coast said they were too afraid to report sexual abuse, the report stated.

Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary-general for U.N. peacekeeping operations, said improvements must be made in strengthening the complaint mechanism and follow-ups. She vowed to intensify efforts to investigate sexual abuse by peacekeepers.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that the U.N. will make certain its personnel are trained and maintain the highest standards of conduct.

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