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UNITED NATIONS — Queen Silvia of Sweden, an early campaigner against the exploitation and sexual abuse of children, said Tuesday she wishes there had been a #MeToo movement for children 25 years ago because in the 1990s nobody wanted to hear about violence against youngsters.

“It was too ugly,” she said Tuesday. “Nobody could believe that it really happened. It was taboo.”

The wife of King Carl XVI Gustaf said she became involved with the issue after being shocked by a 1993 case in Sweden involving a young man selling child pornography on the internet.

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