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    I want to run away. My reason is a little bit more heartbreaking then others. The people who gave me life are the ones who want to take it away from me. If you don't get it yet, it means my parents are trying to take it away from me. My parents have physically and emotionally abused me and throughout my life. They make me feel as if I am a worthless piece of sh*t and its whatever. I wanted to take my own life but then i realized I would only be giving in on their demands. And that would mean they are winning. I don't want my life to end because there are people out there who want me to end it. I want my life to mean something. So I have decided to run away. But I am scared to do it alone. I know the essentials i need to survive in the streets, I mean anything is better than having to live everyday scared that this day could be your last. I am prepared to take the challenges because I deserve them. I made the decision to change my life as I know it drastically so I might as well will up to the hardships of it. However I still have no idea where to go. I need some help.
    Last edited by ccsmod5; 07-18-2018, 02:56 PM.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are having a very tough time at home, but you are very strong and this is a great first step. Talking about something like this must be hard, and we appreciate your seeking help. Its sounds so difficult to feel blamed for an illness that is not your fault and you deserve to feel safe and happy at home.

    Have you considered talking to someone, even the authorities, about your mom’s physical behavior towards you? You don’t deserve to be physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt. School counselors and other trusted adults are here to listen, and can help you report situations like those. If you feel safe doing so, you could even bring up how you feel with your grandma. Another resource that could be of help is Child Help, the National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4452, childhelp.org. Also, the Suicide Prevention Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

    You mentioned wanting to leave and depending on where you live and how old you are, that process may be affected. Another option you may have is filing for emancipation. While sometimes an expensive and lengthy procedure, emancipation grants a “minor” with the privileges of being an adult if they can prove they can support themselves and are leaving a bad environment.

    Again, thank you for reaching out and feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we are toll-free and confidential, lines open 24/7.
    Good luck, NRS

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    I want to run away but I feel very scared to hurt my family members. But it’s like no matter how many times I try to talk to them about how I feel, arguments and things with them never get better. My mom and Dad split when I was young and I carry all their emotional baggage on my shoulders. I just want to give up. Last year I tried to kill myself but I survived. Since then I just can’t get over my feeling of dread, like I need to leave. My mom use to physically hurt me a lot but now she only does it every once in awhile. My dad is very sick and can’t take care of me, I barely ever talk to him anymore. I live with my grandma and she always makes me feel bad about my dad, and somehow makes it seem like it’s my fault my dad is very very ill. I am so stuck and I don’t know what to do

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there,
    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like living at home right now is really tough and it can be difficult when there is so much pressure to be great. If you haven’t already, it may be good to talk to your parents directly about how you are feeling.
    It can be difficult to know how to talk to your parents and express your feelings about how you are feeling. We would encourage you to reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, relative, and friend that you can talk to and potentially help you mediate a conversation with your parents about your current situation. At NRS, we do offer a service call conference calling, where you can call into our hotline and then we would reach out to your guardian and help advocate for you, help you express the needs of to your parents.
    We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.
    We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY we are open 24/7.

    -NRS

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    Hello whoever is reading this.

    I am 14 and I want to run away. Now my reason may not be as severe, but it is a problem for me that i can't put up with anymore. For me, everyday life has become a sin. My parents aren't the worst people, but they do make me feel unloved, worthless, and not good enough. I am from a strict family who expects nothing other than greatness and it's hard you know? I am a identical twin and whenever I do even the slightest bit worse than her, that means that I am a retard. Along with her, I have 2 older sisters. Both leave me out and treat me like garbage. My dad is a stubborn man and throws things when he is mad. I don't want to live like this. I wanna be able to be accepted no matter my grades. I wanna be able to be able normal teenager. I do have money I've been saving for 5 years and clothes and all of the nessities. And tuning away from my reality seemed better than ending it completely. So what should I do?

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you're not in the best situation. Your brother definitely should not be beating you up. We're not going to tell you what to do, but you may want to consider which of the plans you describe will keep you the most safe. You may want to ask yourself if you think your aunt would be able to provide you stabler housing than your friend would, even if she lives apart from your current friends. Additionally, you may want to talk to us directly to learn more about the legal consequences for running away (1-800-786-2929), or search these forums to see what we've generally said about runaway laws. We also want to address your comment about stealing guns. Of course we don't know what you planned on doing with those guns, but if you feel like you are a danger to yourself or others at any point, you should call the police immediately.

    Best,
    NRS

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    Ok so awhile back I stole some guns and got grounded and now my mom is always mad at me yelling telling me to do every single chores in the house while my brother beats me up and sits there on his game playing and I sit in my room ik my mom loves him more I live close to my school and ik how to get to my friends house but it's kinda far should I run away to my friends house or wait till my aunt comes for the 4th of July and can take me to her house but I kinda don't wanna leave all of my friends behind what should I do plz help

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are going through so much between the bullying in in the past, your dad having cancer, and your mom physically and emotionally abusing you at home. You must be extremely strong and resilient for enduring all of that. You do not deserve to he harmed and should be able to feel safe if your own home. Here at NRS, we truly want to help.

    You mentioned being physically and emotionally abused at home. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to Child Protective Services (CPS). Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody. If you would like assistance reporting the abuse at home, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    If you would like to talk through your situation and help with brainstorming your options, please call or chat us. We can provide support and look for safe places for you to go.

    We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best,

    NRS

  • ccsmod6
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    Hello thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are here to listen and hopefully we can help. It seems like you have been experiencing a lot of things at home that make you want to leave home often.

    You mentioned being caught for running away many times. We are not legal experts but typically when you run away it is something known as a status offense. This means that you usually would not be put into a detention center but would be taken back home. However, if your parent or legal guardian has taken steps and put a MINS or CHINS act in place due to you running away several times, there may actually be some sort of a consequence for leaving. Something to keep in mind is that these consequences may or may not be in your parent or guardians control. You may want to check to see if that is the case before you chose to leave. It seems like you are concerned about the possibility of the consequences, possibly talking with your family or someone you trust about what is going on that makes you want to run away may help. Also you can always call in to us at 1800-RUNAWAY to explore this as well.

    Again, thank you for reaching out to the NRS. You can contact us at 1800-RUNAWAY or at 1800ruanawy.org for more assistance. Best of luck.

    -NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

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    Hello I’m 13 and I was bullied for 3 years gladly the bullying had stop at school but the bullying goes on I really don’t like bringing anything about the bullying but my MOM is the main reason I want to run away my dad has cancer and that I care bout him so much I get physically abused and emotionally I hate home and I want to leave please help me! ASAP

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi Lauryn,

    Thanks for reaching out. It definitely sounds like you and your sister are having some issues at home and we hope that we can help. You definitely don't deserve to be beat by your mother for any reason, and that this has happened is not your fault. We can report this to child protective services if you want us to. Additionally, we can talk to you about your suicidal thoughts and try to get you some professional help for these feelings. Please call 911 if you think you are an immediate danger to yourself. Please call us to receive any sort of services we've mentioned, and of course, we're available 24/7 to talk to (1-800-786-2929).

    Best,
    NRS

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    hi,i really want to runaway but i have nowhere to go and im only 10.latly ive been having thoughts of killing myself.i am phisicaly abused i mean i know ive done some things but my mom will beat the hell out of me more than enough .no, i havent did self harm,there have been nights where me and my sister just want to run away.by the way my name is lauryn.i just need some one to talk to

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes courage to seek. We are sorry to hear about the way your parents have been treating you. It sounds like you are very hard working and independent. It seems like you plan on leaving home. If you leave home without permission your parents have the right to file a runaway report. With a runaway report, if the police find you they may return you home. Running away isn't illegal but if you decide to stay with a friend they could get charged with harboring a runaway. However, some police do not accept runaway report for 17 year old's. You could contact your local police department to ask about their runaway policy. If you need assistance finding a space place to stay, please contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email,or live chat.

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    Guest replied
    I’m 17 years old about to be 18 in a couple of months ! I don’t want to be at home because I feel like I’m. It loves & my parents think I’m not going to make it no where I make good grades i have 2 jobs idk what all they want me to do but as of rn I’m leaving I can’t take it no more

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us today to talk about these problems. It sounds like you're going through a really difficult divorce and may be experiencing homelessness now. If this is so, we can try to help you find homeless shelters, even if you are an adult. Just call us at 1-800-786-2929. We also can try to find you mental health providers, or we can try to help you in these trying times over the phone.

    Best,
    NRS
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