Declare abuse

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Perhaps the vogue for outing one's parents is middle class because it is the middle classes who lay down the laws about parenting (Letters, 23 March).

Dominic Barlow writes of "betraying your parents in print". What about parents who "betray" their children each time they open their mouths? Not all child abuse is visible, nor is it audible: where it is, detached houses with solidly built walls and high garden hedges have a useful role to play.

Of course the abused wish to see the abusers exposed. At present bad middle-class parents routinely sit in judgement of less privileged bad parents, which merely offends in a different way.

Angela Partington

Appleton, Oxfordshire

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