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Rape calls shock.

More than half of all calls made to ChildLine ChildLine is the name of several children's charities. Of these there is a UK-based children's helpline, an Irish-based support phone and text service, and an India-based helpline. In the UK and Ireland it's primary role is to provide a 24-hour telephone service to Children.  alleging sexual abuse were claims about being raped, a survey revealed today.

Nearly 4,500 calls were made to the helpline helpline

a telephone line set aside for callers to contact an organization for help with a problem

helpline nteléfono de asistencia al público

 by children saying they had been raped ( mostly by someone they knew.

The shocking figures were revealed as the NSPCC NSPCC (in Britain) National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

NSPCC (Brit) n abbr (= National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) → Kinderschutzbund m 
, which runs ChildLine, launched a new campaign against child sex abuse.

The 'Don't Hide It' initiative will target children of all ages to let them know there is help if they are being sexually abused.

Last year 8,637 calls were made to the ChildLine about sexual and of those just over half of these calls ( 4,414 ( were about rape.

These included 842 by their natural father, 421 by a stranger, 285 by a boyfriend, the NSPCC said. In all, 86% of the reported rapists were known to the victim.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 15, 2006
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