Our Background and Mission Statement
Break the Silence was set up in June 2012 thanks to a grant from
Comic Relief. Imran Manzoor, having worked for 10 years in
Manningham as a Youth and Community worker, felt it was
imperative that support was established to provide more help for
Asian-origin males affected by sexual abuse. For many
statutory services these victims remain unknown. The territory
is deemed as difficult terrain to navigate. Communities too are
reluctant to disclose abuse to external sources. The name comes
directly from our desire to "break the silence."
We provide individual counselling to those affected by abuse. We
feel this is the most effective way of helping people come to
terms with their issues, as each person is affected in their own
We hope to work with statutory services to help those ‘unknown’
victims so they can be kept safe. We also hope to help survivors
to lead a more effective life.
We want to provide a service that recognises that abuse is a
difficult area of care, one which cannot be hurried as the
issues involved are so complex and usually very difficult for
the client to work with. Often we are working with clients who
have been prevented from disclosing by a large family network or
who have little faith in the statutory services.
Our Mission Statement
- To provide a dedicated counselling service for Asian origin
males affected by sexual abuse including its related problems.
- To promote the project's support for those affected by abuse.
- To work for a greater understanding of the problems caused by
- To act as a training agency for student counsellors,
professionals and other individuals and agencies.
- We do not charge for our counselling services, Break the Silence
has benefited from significant support from Comic Relief.
- To develop a framework for
statutory agencies to protect these victims without causing