"I was six when I first called Childline. No one knew I'd left the house. I ran out the door and across the road to the phone box, before anyone could see me. As soon as I got through, I burst into tears. I couldn't hold it all in any longer. Everything that was worrying me, the abuse, the fear, the pain – it just came pouring out."
"My dad used to hit me. He never gave me just a couple of smacks. He would get angry when I cried and this would only make him hit me harder."
"I talked and talked, for I don't know how long. After a while I suddenly felt scared I'd said too much. So I hung up. It took a while, but I built up the courage to call again – and again. The voice on the end of the line was always so warm and kind. They helped me see that what was happening was not OK."
"Childline was always there for me, any time of the day or night. To listen, calm me down and help me talk through it. The counsellors give up their time to show love to people who don't have love in their life. I'll be forever grateful for the hope and support they gave me, for so many difficult years. They helped me with advice on how to cope, what to do and, eventually, how to move on. I hate to think what I would have done without those conversations."
"No matter when you call, you know the person on the end of the line cares about you. Childline was like the parent I wished I had. They helped me through the darkest times."
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