Monday, 9 February 2009

13,000 ring ChildLine because of sexual abuse

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Helpline sees two-fold increase in calls reporting child sex abuse.
A record number of children called the ChildLine helpline last year to report sexual abuse, the charity said today.
A total of 13,237 children called the helpline in 2007-08 saying they were victims of sexual abuse - more than a 50% increase over three years.
Storylines on TV programmes, including BBC soap EastEnders, and high-profile awareness campaigns have encouraged children to speak out about abuse, ChildLine said.
But the service said that despite having more volunteers and bases than ever, it was only able to answer two-thirds of the 2.3m calls it receives every year.

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