BBC: Big rise in male ChildLine calls, often for bullying

A record number of boys called the children’s counselling service ChildLine last year — double the amount seeking help five years ago. More than 58,000 boys phoned the charity in 2007-2008 with problems ranging from loneliness to violent abuse.

Most calls to ChildLine are from girls — but during the past five years the proportion made by boys rose from one in every five to one in every three. Boys are most likely to call about bullying, with 12,568 cases last year.

Head of ChildLine Sue Minto said: “Desperate boys call because they feel they have no-one to turn to.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear their stories of rape and violent beatings, often by their parents. … There’s still the stigma that boys don’t cry but it may be there’s no longer so much pressure to be macho.

“They sometimes suffer in silence for months — by the time they call us they can be suicidal.” Full story.


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