“Hello… Can I write to you?” A ten-year-old girl writes to the Children’s Crisis Center Trust Line chat. She is glad that she can write under a nickname, no one can see or hear her. “Lots of crying emojis. I offer to help her under any circumstances,” says the consultant. “I learn that her mother works night shifts. An uncle (as they call him) then looks after the girl. Something strange has happened recently. Uncle wanted to wash her in the bathtub, stroking her inner thighs, even though she told him she was able to clean herself. She had to promise him she wouldn’t tell anyone… And she had broken that promise now. I feel her fear and shame, and I praise her courage to describe what had happened. And I offer a different perception of secrets: they can be good or bad. A good secret is to be surprised by a gift or share thoughts and ideas with a friend. The bad secrets are hurtful and forced promises of silence.
She thinks for a moment and then replies that her secret is probably bad. She longs for it to be over and her mom to know. We plan how to tell her mother about the situation. We go through the conversation step by step so that my mother can understand what had happened. We are considering the possibility of a drawing. The girl likes that! She feels greatly relieved. We say goodbye and I assure her that should she or her mother need it, they can call the non-stop helpline: 777 715 215.”
Together we will move the world and help children break through the vicious circle of heartbreak and misery!