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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you care a lot about your girlfriend and are trying your best to help. It sounds like she is experiencing a variety of abuse and she in no way deserves this. The things her parents are doing to her are not okay. One option is for her to report the abuse she is experiencing and a resource that can help with that is childhelp. Their website is childhelphotline.org and their phone number is 800-422-4453. Also our services and knowledge or runaway laws is for the U.S. so we cannot speak on what the laws are in Canada. A resource that is in Canada and might be able to help is Kids Help Phone. You can connect with them by chatting on their website (https://kidshelpphone.ca/), texting CONNECT to 686868, or calling 1-800-668-6868. Your girlfriend deserves to get the help that she needs to feel safe and whatever it takes to get her to that point. If she feels she is in immediate danger, we recommend calling 911.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, im asking this for my partner. She is 16 and a half and her parents are very emotionally abusive. Her parents constantly yell at her every second of every day and call her useless and threaten to break all of her electronics and throw all her clothes outside (which they have done before) if she doesn’t do as she is told like chores. They have a big farm like property and her dad grew up on a farm so they make her do many many chores but with almost no rest or food or water. They do not let her eat carbs and constantly body shame her and do not let her drink water, only certain juices. She is homeschooled and they sometimes even take her put of school for a week to help with chores around the house, sometimes for 12 hours a day with almost no rest. She isnt allowed to sleep in past 8 and even then they are critical and constantly yell and belittle her and only focus on what she does wrong and again, yelling at her and calling her all sorts of things and sometimes to even a violent degree like saying if she keeps acting like this she’ll be just some slut with a rich husband that’ll beat her up everyday. She isnt really allowed to leave her property and until she met me, would stay their or like maybe a bit around the neighbourhood for 3 months. Her parents have threatened to hit her and her mom has in the past, but they mean in an actual way of her to shut up. She is also gay and she is hiding our relationship from them because they have threatened to lock her in the house with no phone and no contact from anyone and no education if she wasn’t straight. Her dad also touches her butt as a “joke” but has not stopped after she has told him multiple times to stop and has yelled at her for it, her mom as well does this.

    Is there a way fro her to runaway and live with me and my family? Im 17 and my parents are divorced but know of her situation and my dad lives up north with his gf. We live in Quebec

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm turning 18 in September but I plan to run away a month OR 5 days before my 18th birthday. I don't want to spend my birthday with my mom for certain reasons. I am leaving because I'm getting emotionally and verbally abused by her. We also never get along well and we just stopped talking a few weeks ago because we now both despise each other. I am really close to my friend's family and I've known them for a long time and they offered me a place to stay. I also have a job that should keep me stable. I was wondering if the cops would care if I left 1 month before turning 18 in case my mom reports it? Would they just let me go since I'm almost 18 and has a safe place to stay? I really don't want to bring any trouble to the family I'll be staying with.

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us at NRS, it takes courage to speak out about your pain. While it is good to hear that you know self-defense, you should not need to use it inside of your own home. Your mom should never hurt you, and the fact that your father has not protected you is also concerning. Running away can be a very big step and can come with sometimes serious consequences. Money, shelter, food, and safety are all issues runaway youth encounter every day. However, sometimes there are no other options. We here at NRS encourage you to consider options such as school counselors, local authorities, and other relatives or friends that may be able to give advice or get you out of your abusive situation.

    NRS is a United States based service and our knowledge pertains specifically to youth in the U.S. There are several services like us in Canada that may better know your federal laws and be able to help you understand your options. One of them is the Kids Help Phone. You can connect with them by chatting on their website (https://kidshelpphone.ca/) , texting CONNECT to 686868, or calling 1-800-668-6868.

    You are a strong and courageous person, and you do not deserve to feel unsafe in your home. Please feel free to reach out to the Kids Help Phone or someone you feel comfortable with for help or advice. We can also offer further assistance here at NRS if you want to talk. We can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY or over chat at our website. We wish you good luck.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am 11 years old. My parents had been fighting with each other before I was even born. My dad and I don't socialize very much, he does not harm me. My mom insults me every day. We often get into fights. She hits me every day, however, I do know how to do self-defense but I have used it on my mom, and ever since then, she hits harder and does more to harm me. My dad left her recently to meet with his family but will come back later on. I live in Canada. I don't want to live here. I don't want to be put in foster care either. I want to run away and only live by myself, I know how to care for myself, self-defense and provide everything for myself, I have money by selling things at school and I have been getting money effectively ( I have hidden it too ). Is it illegal to run away in Canada? If so, I still want to live by myself, is there any way to achieve my goal to live by myself?

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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are very concerned about your daughter and her wellbeing. It sounds like you want to know what rights are available to you. If you are the legal guardian and your child can legally leave the house at 18 years old. Some states require kids to be older but you can check by going to the website sexetc.org. Also you can file a runaway report if your child left without your permission. Once the report is filed and police locate her they will return her home. The people who provided her shelter could risk being charged with harboring a runaway if you decide to press charges. If you want to further discuss your situation, you can contact us at 1800-Runaway. Best of luck with everything. Thanks!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I have a daughter that has ran away and her mom wants her home she staying at a friends house where she drinks alcohol and smokes marijuana is there anything I can do as a guardian to get her home or to somehow charge the people that are holding her

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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are concerned that if you runaway you will be arrested. If you are under the age of 18 and you leave home without permission, you could be considered a runaway. This means that your parent or legal guardian could call the police, who might force you to return home. Running away is not a crime and you wouldn’t be arrested for it. However anyone who allows you to stay with them could risk criminal charges for harboring a runaway. If you have any other questions about running away or want to discuss some options you can call us at 1800-RUNAWAY. We are 24/7, confidential and here to help! Best of luck!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    If I runaway will I be arrested at the age of 13

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello, thanks for reaching out to NRS for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA), so our understanding of youth in crisis-related laws is limited to the USA. If you are in the United States then you would not be considered a runaway at 21. You are considered a legal adult and can choose where you live regardless of your parents approval. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/. We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

    Good luck,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I'm 21 years old, ive been dealing with different types of abusive from my mother for so long and ive had enough. If I left home and gone away do they need to know ...and can the police do anything to bring me back

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  • ccsmod9
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.
    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    is it illegal to run away in canada?
    if not, will you be fined and approximately how much?

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  • ccsmod1
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hey there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community-based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis-related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can try going to https://kidshelpphone.ca/

    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

    Be safe,
    NRS
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