Since 2020, a team of psychologists, doctors, educators and law enforcement have followed up more than 2,000 letters from bullied and abused children, posted in more than 220 white mailboxes in school cafeterias and sports clubs across France. Les Papillons, “The Butterflies,” was founded by police captain Laurent Boyet, who estimates more than 165,000 children are abused in France every year and don’t dare talk about it. Hence the motto on each mailbox: “If you can’t say it, write it.” Before installing a mailbox at a school or club, they introduce themselves and the project and encourage the children to sign their names so they can be helped. Boyet also is working to build a network of trusted adults in every district, lobbying to change French laws, and working to build a shelter for abused children to heal.

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