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A Counsellor’s Story

I’m sure it disturbs you to picture a child hiding in her bedroom closet, quietly asking for help. That’s exactly what happened last Christmas Eve.

The girl’s voice was muffled. “Can you hear me? I’m in my closet.”

One of our counsellors, Amanda, immediately asked the girl for her name — it was Robin* — and if she was safe.

“I don’t know,” Robin said. “My dad just hit me. My jaw really hurts and I’m scared.” Then she started sobbing as if her heart would break.

Robin was clearly in danger, and so Amanda knew she had to help before Robin’s father could hurt her again. She listened carefully as Robin confided about the abuse she suffered at home and the bullying she endured at school.

Robin broke down again as she told Amanda that she’d tried to take her own life a few weeks earlier.

Amanda spent a long time reassuring Robin that she deserved to be loved and treated well in her own home. After talking together for almost an hour, Robin agreed to give her name, address and permission for Kids Help Phone to call the police.

Kids Help Phone receives many of these desperate calls for help over the holidays.

Thanks to your generosity, when young people like Robin call out for help, Kids Help Phone will be there.

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*Based on a child’s true story. Her name and the details of her story have been changed to protect her anonymity and confidentiality.