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I'm 12 and I can't do this anymore

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  • I'm 12 and I can't do this anymore

    Long story short: today my mom was doing my hair and it turns out ilost 6 inches from mecombing it instead of seperating it with my fingers.(im black fyi somy hair is really thick). She yelled at me and slapped me and pushed me and said she can't do this anymore -by that she meant taking care of 4 kids. She screamed at me and I never saw somuch anger in her eyes, it scared me. I lover her to death and i though she loved me too. I want to run away however, i still need to go toschool, i dont know what i'll eat, i have no money, i'm prettyscrewed, however i can't wake up everyday knowing that i have to face my mom. sory my spelling is so bad, i'm typing this under my bed

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    Reaching out for help can be really difficult and we are glad you messaged us. It sounds like you love your mom a lot but her recent behavior has made you think that you can no longer stay at home and so you are considering running away. You do not deserve to be yelled at or physically hurt. If you would like to talk more about this incident we are always here to help. Child Help, National Child Abuse Hotline, (1-800-422-4453 or is another resource if you are interested in talking to someone or finding out about abuse reporting.

    We are not legal experts and running away from home can be a big step. Thinking about how you will get to and stay in school, where you will go, and how you will support yourself can be really helpful questions that you have already started to think about. While it is not illegal to run away, there can be consequences for leaving home. If you have questions about the consequences for leaving home you can reach out to a non-emergency police number or give us a call. In addition to being available by bulletin and email we have a 24/7 hotline (1-800-786-2929) and are always here to provide additional resources and support.

    It sounds like your mom showed a lot of anger the other day when she was doing your hair, but if you are comfortable it could be helpful to try and talk with your mom about what happened and how you are feeling, before you decide to leave home. If you are interested in talking with your mom but not comfortable doing it on your own, we provide a conference call service where we moderate a phone call to ensure everyone is being heard. Do not hesitate to give us call for referrals or just someone to talk to.

    Good luck,

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