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    My youngest cousin is currently 14. She is getting abused where she is currently living. How can I help her move away when she turns 16? She tried running away, fought with police but now she is back there again. Growing up there myself I know what she is going through. But she is hurting herself now and the mental abuse continues. She is afraid They" won't let her leave until she is 18. I'm not sure if that is the family or she thinks the law says so..
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 07-12-2018, 02:55 AM.

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    Reply: Moving out of family home at 16

    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline.

    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 your cousin is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them.
    It’s great that they have your support and concern, especially since this time is probably quite difficult for them.
    Being abused is not their fault. They don’t deserve to have this happen to them.
    There are laws to protect minors against abuse. If things do escalate and either of you would like to file an abuse report they may do so by contacting Child Help USA at: 1-800-422-4453

    NRS can also assist with filing a child abuse report and assist with trying to locate a safe emergency shelter. We can also assist with trying to locate family crisis counseling services through our data base. Showing your friend support by reaching out to NRS says a lot about your character. They are lucky to have your support.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of.

    We are here as support to help both you and your friend through this challenging time.
    We can best help by phone or chat. If you or your friend 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).

    We hope to hear from you or your friend soon.
    If they are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage that they reach out by calling 9-1-1 or seek emergency assistance immediately.


    Take care,
    NRS
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