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    I’m 13 and mentally ********ed up. Much oarents don’t care and I’ll I have left is a dog. Can I runaway from my family. Most people wouldn’t call my life abusive but I need help and don’t get any. I have a possible cracked leg bone but they don’t care. Isn’t the abuse? Leaving a painful healed bone untreated for 6+ months?

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes a lot of courage to ask for help and want you to know that you deserve to feel safe and happy in your home. We are not legal experts, but we can tell you that because you are a minor, if you leave home and your parents file a runaway report, you could be returned home. There could also be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a run away. If you want a liner to help you walk through other options like a us mediating a conference call between you and your parents, thinking through possible adults that you could turn to or could advocate for you, or things like emancipation and legal aid numbers, don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). It could be considered neglect for your parents to not take you to the hospital if you are hurt. Do you have a school counselor or other adult that you trust that you can turn to right now to advocate for you? You can also ask an adult to help you call out to Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 to speak to someone more specifically about your situation and ask about the process of child abuse reporting.

    Stay safe,

    Last edited by ccsmod1; 04-30-2018, 12:15 AM.
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