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    So, I am a 12 (almost 13) year old demigirl. And my mom emotionally abuses me and threatens to physically abuse me. I don't know what to do. I want to die most of the time. I don't have any access to a phone, so any resources would have to be online. I want to leave. I have a bag packed, with maybe enough stuff for a week or maybe two. It's not a lot, so what else should i bring? I wouldn't leave until spring because it would be even more dangerous to leave in winter. I can't be convinced to not leave. I need to make sure I will be safe. I want to die most of the time.

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    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline, It sounds like your relationship with your mother is difficult and hard to know how to respond. You described that your mom has been abusive in various forms and you should know you don’t deserve that and you have a right to file an abuse report. If you feel comfortable you can try reaching out to someone at Child Protective Services ( at 1-800-422-4453. That is something you can do on your own or also we can support you through if you call in to our hotline at 1-800- RUNAWAY or chat that is 24/7. If you don’t have access to a phone, it might be helpful to reach out to someone at school, friends, other family members and see if you can use their phone to call some of these numbers directly.

    Your internal feelings seem really strong and can be a loud voice, but know you are important and have value in this world. One place you can visit that may be helpful without having a phone is

    It is okay you want to leave from this situation, we do not try to direct you either way, but we want to make sure you are safe and figure out how we can help you best. It is important just to be aware of and think about the consequences, plans, and next steps of leaving your home. It is smart that you are already thinking about resources, weather condition, and what to bring. We are non-directive at NRS, as you know what is best for you to bring and will help you feel comfortable.

    If you get a chance to have access to a phone where you feel safe, please feel free to reach out to us or connect to our chat on our main page to where we can connect with you with direct resources closer to your area for support. We are here to support you and know that you are not alone.

    All the best,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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      i feel like i’m being emotionally abused and so do my friends and so i want to run away from home. i know what i want to bring but i just don’t know how to leave the house because my parents are home 24/7. please give me some advice because i really greatly need the help.


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        Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

        We’re sorry to hear you feel like you’re being emotionally abused. No one has a right to hurt you, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally, so we’re glad you found the courage to tell us what’s going on.

        We are a non-directive agency so we do not tell people what to do (like give advice), but we do want to explore options with you and for you to be informed. For example, if you leave home without your guardian’s permission, you would be considered a runaway. Anyone letting you stay with them knowing you ran away from home will be at risk for what’s called ‘harboring a runaway.’ These are legal charges your guardians can file against whoever takes you in.
        Is working on things at home with your parents an option? Are your comfortable telling them how their actions/words are making you feel, and the effect they have on you? We have a

        We offer a Conference Call service here, where one of us here will be on the phone with you and your parent at the same time. We can talk with you first about what you want to say, and then bring your guardian on the line. With one us mediating, we will make sure each side gets to say what they want, and keep it productive and respectful.

        If leaving is what you want to do, but you don’t want to get anyone in potential trouble, we have a database of runaway shelters all over the country. If you call in to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we can talk with you about what’s going on and see what shelters are close to you. We’re not here to tell you what to do, but we do want you to be safe.

        We hope this helps, we hope you stay safe, and we hope you will call in if you are comfortable. We are here at 1-800-RUNAWAY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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