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OCTOBER 2017


Resourced and Resilient!


 
We've seen a lot of conversations about sexual violence on social media recently, with survivors in Hollywood coming forward with their experiences and people showing solidarity online with the #MeToo hashtag. There's no doubt about the courage it takes to find your voice after going through trauma. To everyone who joined in, we thank you for your bravery and we're here whenever you need us.

To those who aren't ready to share their stories, we are thankful to you too. Your existence itself is an act of resistance and immense strength. Whether you are ready to share or not, know that we are here for you as well.

As unifying as the hashtag was, it also opened the flood gates of our emotions. Some were triggered because of their own experiences. But there was also shock from seeing the number of people in our networks who experienced sexual abuse, as well as anger and helplessness over how prevalent it is. At some point, we all probably felt like we needed a break. 

The truth is, we do. It is completely normal to feel this way. You have the right to take care of yourself. Keep yourself from falling down the rabbit hole of lost hope. It's in times like these when kindness and self-care are most important!

Explore some breathing exercises and yoga practices below to help you find a little calm in the storm:
http://jeantweed.com/yoga-guidance/
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Here is Part 2 of our interview on raising sexually healthy children with strategies on how to ensure their safety through education and empowerment
Check out our blog post titled How to Ensure Child Safety and Protection for an overview of some topics from this month's video (in English)
ANBU UK attended and spoke at the Medical Institute of Tamils (MIOT), South Thames National Conference 2017.  We received positive feedback from the audience, made up of a mixture of medical students to hospital consultants to GPs. Breaking the ‘silence’ and a willingness to start engaging in discussion was a common theme from the attendees. Some offering to promote the work of ANBU by leaving ANBU newsletters in their surgeries. 
It was a proud moment meeting like minded people and to be told what a great organisation ANBU is, we couldn't agree more!
It’s always a great pleasure to support other initiatives particularly those initiated by our very own ANBU members. Judhika spoke at a charity event hosted by Kaakum Karangal, a charity started by Meera, another member of ANBU UK. The charity looks to support those impacted by malnutrition in Paatalipuram area in Trinco. It was an evening of bharthanatiyam dance, karaoke (yes, I said karaoke!) and delicious food, all for a good cause.
Forthcoming UK outreach: 
 
Walthamstow Tamil school parents
Saturday 4th November, 9:45 - 10:45
University Tamil society event (open to all Tamil societies across England)- hosted by Kings college, Guys campus, London bridge (Lecture theatre tbc)
Friday 10th November, 18:00 - 20:00.

@askANBU

We invite open dialogue and communication so please continue sending us any questions you may have regarding child sexual abuse and/or ANBU. We will not be sharing any names to respect your anonymity. Questions, Feedback, Comments to: ask@anbu.ca.

Updates from our UK Family!

De Montford University Tamil Society kindly agreed to dedicate time for Ratna, ANBU UK volunteer, to introduce ANBU at their 'meet and greet’ session with new students. Ratna spoke about ANBU's hopes for the future, and how students can help ANBU grow, was especially pleasing to hear most of the students already knew of ANBU and had been following ANBU on social media for sometime!
It was also an opportunity to find put about trauma and mental health projects in Sri Lanka, possibly opening the door for potential collaboration in the future.  

Lookout out for updates on ANBU UK social media:
 
Facebook- @abuseneverbecomesusUK 

Instagram- Anbu.uk

Contact us:
 anbu.org.uk@gmail.com
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 at 289 801 ANBU (2628)
Please note that we are not a crisis service.

If you're in crisis, contact resources HERE

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Let's raise children who won't have to recover from their childhoods.
- Pam Leo
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