March 2017

ANBU turns ONE!


'Beyond Bruises and Broken Bones' is a tribute to International Women's Day

March 8, 2017 marks one official year since the inception of ANBU. We would like to express our utmost gratitude for our Tamil community, allies, family, friends, and inspiring radical team members for being a part of this journey with us. To all survivors/WARRIORS of childhood sexual abuse everywhere, remember that your existence IS resistance. It is with each and every one of you that ANBU continues to create a ripple effect around the globe and across many Diasporas and communities.
We commemorate our first year by tuning into our inner child and the children on the land we came from, who have/are struggling with the same. The ROOT of ANBU was an intimate gathering of children, adults and families coming together to support the well-being of children back home. In partnership with LEADS in Sri Lanka, we are excited and honoured to be able to collaborate, create and share our beautiful drawings, paintings, friendship bracelets and stamps so they can write back. Connecting with our homeland in this capacity has got us feeling like we've come full circle in our first year of existence. Thank you to everyone who attended and created heART with us!   
March: Beyond Bruises & Broken Bones
Our March release of "Beyond Bruises and Broken Bones" is a tribute to International Women's day!
It depicts gender based violence in Tamil media. Our intention is not to isolate or alienate men in this discussion but rather to stand in solidarity as allies against injustices and violence. Find the stats of intimate partner violence here. This video depicts heterosexual couples but violence within relationships is widespread across sexual orientations and we stand in solidarity as allies within all intersectional identities against injustice and violence.
ANBU is honored to share these beautiful works of heART by two wonderful Tamil womyn.
Unseen Darkness
When you tried to paint
my body in colours of
blue and purple,
my dark skin
hid your sins
from eyes trained
in the glow of
soft white light.
Poem by Manivillie Kanagasabapathy
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Painting by Thiviyaa Sehasothy
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Question #1: "Hi Anbu, I wanted to inquire how/if you folks support people that have committed sexual violence. I am asking because I wanted to know how to support someone through a transformative justice lens."

Question #2: “I have a relative who was sexually abused as a child by a community member and as a result, she was excluded from her immediate community. To cope, she self imposed an exile from the Tamil community – did not learn the language, rejected fair skin, thin, womanly politeness, and other ideals that are in Tamil culture. I notice now she is reconnecting with the Tamil community – rightly, through an apprehensive approach. But the Tamil community, including the Tamil youth, still shames her – for not speaking the language, for not fitting the gender and beauty norms. How can we address this second implied exhile – where elitism, may not make room for survivors ? How does Anbu make room for those without a high profile in the community?”
Thank you NCCT for honoring ANBU with the
We are incredibly proud of one of our core team members, Shajini Jeganmohan who will representing ANBU at the WIELD Retreat where she will be sharing and helping to create a healing space for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Registration ends soon!
If you are a survivor or the loved one of someone that has been impacted by childhood sexual abuse and want support, give us a shout! If you want to share your story, send us a message and we would love to amplify your voice. Anonymous entries of all sorts are welcomed too.
You're in power. You're in control. You call the shots.

If your not ready to chat, you can now TEXT us 289 801 ANBU (2628)
Please note that we are not a crisis service.
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