Long-time readers may remember that I have something of a personal history with this subject. (Trigger-warning for description of child-abuse at that link.) I therefore offer a link to Amanda Marcotte's thoughts on this, without comment from myself.
Children and young adults looking for help in the UK can visit Child Line or phone them on 0800 1111.
If you're worried that a child might be being abused, please contact the NSPCC. You can remain anonymous, if you so wish.
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