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  • My Parents Beat Me Up All The Time. Should I Run Away?

    I'm 12 and i want to run away. My parents always punch me and my dad takes me into the bathroom, turn the fan on, and hits me with a belt until it breaks. My mom also takes a boxing glove and repeatedly punches me. My parents hit me if they find out that i got beat up at school by bully. They say that i'm not strong enough. And I think to myself. What the heck? Even my teachers care about me, but they really can't do anything about the relationship between my parents and me. My mom threw a phone charger at me and i got shocked, but still didn't say anything because I didn't want to get hurt. So i'm hinking about running away, i even packed a bag. Can you please help what to do? Thank you.

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    Reply: My Parents Beat Me Up All The Time. Should I Run Away?

    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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed by your parents. We’re sorry you’re going through this. It’s not your fault and you don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Running away is a big step but there are concerns about being able to survive on the street.
    It’s good that you want to explore options.
    To get help you might consider talking with a counselor or social worker at your school as they are mandated to report any forms of child abuse.

    This means they must file a report of any mistreatment to Child Protective Services.
    There are laws to protect minors like you from being abused.
    Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 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.

    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please call 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or chat soon through our website (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in.

    Be safe,
    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 (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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