One Night Spent At ChildLine

Submitted by: Shellie84 7 years ago in
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1234617/Esther-Rantzen-movingly-describes-night-answering-phone-ChildLine.html

A haunting story of one volunteer who answers the phonecalls of all those children who need help at night.
Credits: shell
There are 63 comments:
Female 523
This article was so touching and real. I feel so bad for all of these children, but I also feel happy that they have hope and someone to talk to in their darkest hours. I commend all the counselers for their work.
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Female 1,963
It`s incredible how these people make more of a difference in people`s lives in one night than most people ever do.
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Male 1,647
Fimbulvetr: Why don`t you take a photo of yourself and submit it for `Daddy didn`t hug me #325`??
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Male 12
who the hell cares?, I got bored halfway through this. I`m glad it happened to whoever it happened to.
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Female 236
I feel bad for the kiddies that those things happen to. It makes me wish I could trade places with them so they had a better life.
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Male 1,106
That would be a very emotional volunteer program... I could barely read the story.
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Female 751
I wish I had known about something like this when my childhood tragedy occurred. It makes me feel so... warm, inside to know there are people that care no matter what.
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Male 157
but that`s the best thing about f*cking twenty four years olds... there are twenty of them!

no.. but seriously, kudos to those altruistic angels.. one hour there and i`d be slitting my wrists after the first few calls.. i`d donate to my local one, but i`m a povo student.

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Female 84
Moar money for these people, please
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Female 10
I made a mistake and read this at work. God. Made me tear up. Hope those children will find the hope and the help they need.
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Female 93
Knowing that there are people to help theese children gives me a little hope.
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Female 531
were they all girls?
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Female 1,604
ack IAB I was enjoying giggling at posts, then bam get his with this. :( so sad I don`t know how any of them can sleep after their shifts are over.. I am sure they have a hard time. those poor children
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Female 105
God, that just about broke my heart, but I`m glad to know something like this exists to help. Thank you for posting this to help bring awareness.
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Male 1
That was really difficult to get through. The first story actually made me tear up a bit. Some people are just so...sick.
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Male 795
Wow. Something that no one can argue about. Oh wait..... NM.
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Male 1,647
Michaelscr: " Thank you Shellie for posting this, and thank you Fancylad for letting it be posted. In this digital world of sexy videos, controversial pictures and comedy skits just for the sake of makeing us smile, cringe, laugh and get angry, posts like this every now and then are a nice change of pace. It reminds us that there are important issues out there so we don`t get lost in the rick rolls, LOLcats and whatever trendy net fad is popular this week.

There is a line like this in the US. If you are a teenager and have issues like the kids in this artical, you can call the BoysTown national hotline at 1-800-448-3000 "

^^^^^^^^ Well said, just wanted to repost that to the top.

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Female 1,283
Loxen, most of the serious stuff scores a 3.5/4
I`d prefer to view it that IAB has great moral standings, but still knows how to laugh.

Don`t worry `bout Aceman. It`s quite shocking and leaves most people in denial on how elementary it is to find personal information.

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Female 778
that was hard to read. i feel horrible for abused children. why isn`t there something like this in the states? if there is, why hasn`t everyone heard about it?
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Male 111
I want to do something to help
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Male 2,796
"A little deep for IAB, I mean... this is the place that has constant Pedobear jokes, and NOW you`re being serious?
Kinda disturbing really..."

You wouldn`t know what "deep" was if it smacked you in the mouth and told you to get back in the kitchen. Now run along and go look up abuse hotlines for 30-39 year olds because Splurby flamed you on IAB.

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Female 3,598
if there is a hotline like this in the US it should be advertised on every station playing cartoons every single day.
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Female 3,598
if there is a hotline like this in the US it should be advertised on every single station that plays cartoons every day...
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Male 3,431
More important than a hot line, every one of us is responsible to help and protect those weaker than ourselves when ever our help is needed. We cannot tolerate the existence and continuance of abuse to children. This s#it will not stand.
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Male 152
This was a well written article. It is nice to know that there are people that do care enough to put themselves on the line even if it means mental hardship. I applaud these volunteers for doing a commendable job.
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Female 1,386
A little deep for IAB, I mean... this is the place that has constant Pedobear jokes, and NOW you`re being serious?
Kinda disturbing really...
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Male 203
Egad. I could never let that slide off of me. Even with a "de-brief". Takes a stronger person than I.
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Female 5,222
its so heartbraeking.. and even more so since this happens to children all over the world everyday and nite
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Female 1,677
Oh what the hell people, this is i-am-bored, not i-am-in-need-of-funny-memes-247. Anything goes.

And I call a ban on Aceman for being a dumbass.

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Female 1,677
Wow I would never be able to take calls like that one after the other. They didn`t describe any calls from boys though, which is odd or depressing I don`t know. ..Maybe they all called during the day.
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Female 1,682
Aw, this is amazing :3 Im glad places like this exist, they are wonderful, and the people who spend the time to actually listen and talk to these children are just as amazing <3
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Male 7,611
childline is a great program, i dont think i have what it takes to take these calls. some of the things they hear are just hear wrenching.
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Female 15,763
Shell found it, I set it to Sunday, and Fancy looked it over.
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Male 3,425
Wow... I don`t know what to say, that was such a moving article.
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Male 559
Maybe it wasn`t fancy lad, maybe it was Opie. Whoever let it be posted, thank you!
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Male 559
Thank you Shellie for posting this, and thank you Fancylad for letting it be posted. In this digital world of sexy videos, controversial pictures and comedy skits just for the sake of makeing us smile, cringe, laugh and get angry, posts like this every now and then are a nice change of pace. It reminds us that there are important issues out there so we don`t get lost in the rick rolls, LOLcats and whatever trendy net fad is popular this week.

There is a line like this in the US. If you are a teenager and have issues like the kids in this artical, you can call the BoysTown national hotline at 1-800-448-3000

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Female 877
I felt good about the people who are willing to help others for free. I`m not american and there`s not many good people in here. So when i talked to a foreigner i feel good enough to cry because even if they don`t know me or younger then me, they try to help me, and that touches my heart.

I want to be able to help others, give them a shoulder to cry on, too.

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Female 36
Its nice to see something of substance on the site IAB! Childline are doing a really special thing. I really respect the people who are on the end of the phone for those kids. xxx

Acemandude: what. the. hell. If you thought that was funny you need to seek mental help.

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Female 1,441
This was a really heartbreaking article. But it`s great to know that there are services like these available. It really can make a difference.
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Female 395
i hope my daughter never feels the need to call childline. and as much as i might complain after a rough shift at work, i think my idea of rough and these guys is drastically different.
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Female 15,763
I just figured maybe something that plucked at your heart strings was a good thing to put up, especially after that last Daddy Didn`t Hug Me.
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Male 12,138
[quote]Why is this on IAB?[/quote]

Our mission is to cure boredom. That can be a thought-provoking serious link as well as something funny. We throw in the odd serious link here and there.

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Male 906
certainly cured my boredom. good link IAB
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Male 3,285
Acemandude
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
19 Posts Sunday, December 13, 2009 10:57:24 AM
tl;dr
I lol`d at the rape story tho

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Do you hink you`re funny, special, perhaps unique. You`re not. You are probaly the most stupid pathetic excuse for an individual i have ever come across. Before you reply, even though i know you wont, imagine if you were that childs parents, or the person answering the call. How would you feel then?

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Male 4,746
Good article. I applaud folks that do this.
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Male 4
How this happens everyday and this often tears my heart apart.

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Female 4,376
It`s om IAB because someone submitted it and it was put on. Life can`t always be chocolate rain and lolcats/ Things like this need to be addressed and it could actually help people to be aware that their are things like this. Millions of people read IAB. Don`t tell me you think none of them are living in abusive environments or suffering emotionally in some way. This could be a help to someone. America does have some child abuse hotlines. I`m not sure if we have anything exactly the same as this though.
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Male 4,867
wow...i feel so bad for all those kids :/
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Male 25,416
What the logical reasoning for this to be on IAB
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Male 218
God this was a hard pill to swallow, Its a really hard job, but I believe that is a ray of hope for all those children in risk
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Male 9,306
""Why is this on IAB?""

Probably because someone thought it needed to be brought to light, that it was interesting, or maybe for no real reason other than they wanted to share it.

Something like this shouldn`t be shoved under the rug and ignored, it`s a real problem, and hiding the problem does nothing to solve it.

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Male 2,506
@Alphanoninc, Yea its called Safe Place, every single fire station has it
http://www.safeplace.org/Page.aspx?pid=1...
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Female 89
"Why is this on IAB?"

I actually find it refreshing to be able to read these kind of articles now and then instead of looking at the same old 10 random pictures of creepy things.

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Male 210
still crying. is there anything like this in the US?
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Male 24
tl;dr
I lol`d at the rape story tho
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Male 2,796
"Why is this on IAB?"

Why are you on IAB? I don`t speak for them, but I am pretty sure the powers that be can go a bit beyond the "Loads of viral videos, games, memes, lists and social networking for when you`re bored" if they want to.

The whole premise of this website is to entertain... not to "entertain mar95789", the 18-29 year old from Eastern US. And I know I speak for some when I say that I get entertained by the funny as well as the dramatic, this being the latter of course.

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Female 74
this makes me so sad, in a good way. that people are willing to talk to people about these things. i would love to do it, to help people and make such an impact on peoples lives. THANKS SO MUCH CHILD LINE :`D
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Male 504
The vivid story about the 14 year old man that one nearly made me cry. That was moving.
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Female 723
This is substance. Keep them coming IAB. Thank you Shellie.
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Male 53
Oh my God, i cried a little.
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Female 193
Why is this on IAB?
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Female 459
Reading things like these makes me know exactly what I`m going to do with my life even more.
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Female 4,197
Link: One Night Spent At ChildLine [Rate Link] - A haunting story of one volunteer who answers the phonecalls of all those children who need help at night.
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