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Breaking the Silence

Khamoshi ko Towrna (Breaking the Silence) was established in 2012 in
response to the growing number of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi heritage men reporting childhood sexual trauma.

We have engaged over 300 men, with almost 95% disclosing for the first time. We offer secular, evidence-based therapeutic support in non-traditional settings, and a help line operating four days per week.

Speaking to an outsider is always a last resort for fear they will not
understand the cultural-factors, causing ‘double-victimisation’ — ‘Understanding cultural circumstances’ and ‘legitimacy’ were cited by over 73% of our users as the main reasons for disclosing.

We deliver community engagement events in mosques, Gurdwaras and community centres to highlight the devastation caused by both the abuse and the unwillingness for witnesses to speak out. Our survivors often deliver these events. We also deliver training to therapists, social workers, Probation services, schools and medical professionals.

Phone: 01274 497535 (helpline)