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More Boys Calling ChildLine

July 27, 2009

Over the last few years ChildLine has noticed an increase in the number of boys calling the service’s line which is available on 0800 1111.

ChildLine says more than 58,000 rang them with problems such as bullying, sexual abuse and loneliness. That’s more than double the number compared with five years ago. Bullying was the top problem with 12,568 calls in the 2007/8 period.  The phone line also received 6,403 calls about physical abuse, 4,780 about sexual abuse and 1,803 calls from boys saying they had been raped.

ChildLine was launched in 1986 to give youngsters a confidential helpline to call if they needed help or advice.

Sue Minto from the charity says they still get more girls calling, but only because boys let problems drag on. “The message we’re getting is that boys leave it until they’re in crisis point before they ring us,” she said.

via BBC

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