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Let's catch up! Here are some highlights from our 3rd quarter of 2018
Oli was a tribute to survivors of domestic abuse and to those who lost their lives to it. We refuse to turn a blind eye to this violence and will continue to speak out against it. Gatherings like Oli help bring people together to express and resist. Here's a recap of the event with the wonderful crowd we had and the artists who showcased their incredible work!
We spoke about the importance of community-based care at the Live Well Festival, organized by the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women. The event brought a number of people together from various fields to promote health, wellness, and healing. It was great to recap all our past events and the services we've developed during ANBU's short but powerful existence.

Oli: Light through the Darkness
Event recap
 
We hosted our very first ANBU Peer Champion certificate program. This was a capacity building workshop in collaboration with Toronto Public Health to raise awareness and knowledge on Child Sexual Abuse in the Tamil community. ANBU was proud to have 10 individuals successfully complete the workshop series and become certified facilitators on “Raising Sexually Healthy Children”. We look forward to building more capacity within the Tamil community!

They say it takes a village…

At ANBU, we proudly root ourselves in our cultural identity with the understanding and recognition of the complex histories and present day realities of the many Tamil people around the world. History has imprinted our community with not only trauma but also considerable resilience and acts of resistance. We are always in the act of doing and never passive recipients of trauma. Highlighting our acts of resistance and reclaiming our voice reduces our sense of isolation and shame while celebrating our strength. This nurtures ANBU’s belief in building and exploring collective healing. This October marks the 25th anniversary of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Let’s continue to resist and celebrate the ways in which we are not just surviving but thriving.

Updates from ANBU UK!
In July, ANBU UK held its first stall at a community sports day in Harrow. It was an opportunity to speak directly with the community, giving away goodie bags, delicious cupcakes and some child safeguarding material in Tamil. It was great to hear from the community; we take a lot of learning from the experience too. We look forward to doing more in that space in the future. 
We also ran some follow-up discussion groups after the 'Tamil Male in Contemporary Society' event, which included a male-only space to discuss trauma, sexual abuse, relationships, consent, culture and childhood.  
 
Testimonial: "Good, open, safe dialogue. All were open individuals, need to target more close-minded people."
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.
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