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    Hi, I'm 13.

    I honestly feel like leaving home right now, though I don't know where to go or when to go.
    My Father verbally assaults me a lot. He has a low temper. I asked how he was doing money-wise, since I was questioned because he was spending a lot in that week, that made me nervous. He responded with "Stop getting in my business, it's not your job to know." I responded, though he continued to ignore me, therefore I gave up. My mother walked down the stairs and replied back to my father with a "She does that." And walked away, as if she was agreeing with my father. I couldn't help but cry in my room, and he yells at me to stop crying. "Baby". "B****." "Idiot." "Stupid." "A****". "F**** you." I can't take this anymore. Besides those words, he doesn't trust me with anything. He texts my phone constantly to get my brother even though I know already. He used to allow me to have more responsibility but now he's just taking it away one-by-one. And when I try to prove I'm capable of things, he simply ignores me, same with my mother, and it also feels like my brother is my Father's favorite child, even though he's younger than me by three years. I just lost my best-friend recently, my great-grand-mother died, my father grounded me today for asking him why he says all those things to me, he doesn't listen to me. I wish he was gone, but I know that will never happen. My grandmother wanted someone else to adopt me because my parents were "too young". But the actual reason was that my father didn't want me, my grandfather did. And I doubt my mother wanted me either. I feel completely lost in life, I'm also being bullied, and it's almost if I'm not noticed most of the time. Perhaps they would be happy if I left. I don't know anymore.

    Thanks for reading,

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    RE: I'm thinking about leaving home, however I don't have anywhere to go to.

    Hello there –

    Thank you for taking the time out of your day to get into contact with us here at the National Runaway Safeline on our public bulletin board, we are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. From your message to us, it sounds like you have are going through a very hard time right now and seem to be very overwhelmed with everything that is going on. It’s great that you are able to reach out for help in your current situation, it’s very brave of you to do that. No one deserves to be treated like that, especially at home when you should feel love and respected. You always have the right to report any abuse or neglect that happens at home to child protective services. If you don’t feel like you don’t know how to start that process or if you feel a little scared about making a report, you can always call us here and there is always someone here to help your through that. We are sorry that you had to go through that. It must be very frustrating to feel that you are lost and not really sure of what your next step is going to be.

    Unfortunately, here at the NRS we cannot tell you in definite terms what would happen if you were to leave home without permission because we are not legal experts. Laws on that specific subject vary from state to state, so our advice would be call your local non-emergency police number to get more information on that. Since you are will below the the legal age of majority, what generally happens in most states; your parents or legal guardian would be able to make a runaway report in the event that you do run away. Since it’s only considered a statues offense the only thing that would happen is that the police will pick you up and bring you back home. Again this does depend on your specific state laws and police policy.

    If you give us a call on our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we could help you find resources in your area and could potentially help you brainstorm a possible solution to the issues you are having. We also have an online chat service available every night from 4:30-11:30PM CST that is available through our website ( If you contact us and give us more information about your location and situation we would be more than happy to help you find resources.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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