A.N.B.U. அன்பு, which loosely translates to Love in Tamil, stands for Abuse Never Becomes Us. A.N.B.U. is a Toronto-based charity and community organization that works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the Tamil community.
We are Tamil-speaking women with lived experiences of childhood sexual abuse. We recognize that childhood sexual abuse is a global issue. However, we can identify and relate to the Tamil community’s historical and present trauma and we believe in building and exploring our capacity to heal. The taboo and stigma associated with abuse as well as the intergenerational ripple effect of abuse is rampant within the Tamil community, as it is within many communities. We are committed to personal and social transformation and want to draw on our community’s strengths to address and prevent childhood sexual abuse. We aspire to uncover and implement healing methods specific to our community and shift how our community addresses childhood sexual abuse.
95 per cent of child sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator.*
* Source: Child Sexual Abuse (The Canadian Badgley Royal Commission, Report on Sexual Offences Against Children and Youths), 1984. (pg. 215-218).
1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience an unwanted sexual act.**
** Source: Child Sexual Abuse (The Canadian Badgley Royal Commission, Report on Sexual Offences Against Children and Youths), 1984. (pg. 175).
We stand together today in solidarity, strength and power to create awareness and open dialogue on childhood sexual abuse.