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    My mom frequently hits me, but she threatens me more. I want to run away, but I don't know who would take care of me if I do. Please help me. I'm scared. I would say more but I'm afraid she's gonna come behind me and read this.

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    re: My mom

    Hi,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have been going through a tough time with your mom. You shouldn’t have to deal with abuse. We understand that you don’t want to let your mom know you are reaching out so you don’t get into trouble. If you ever have questions or don’t know where to turn, you can always contact us. Our services are anonymous and confidential.

    We aren't legal experts and we are non-directive here so anything you decide is ultimately up to you. In general, in most states being a runaway means that if you stay with someone else there is potential for them being charged with harboring a runaway. Usually if a runaway report is made, a youth who is considered a minor would be taken back to their legal guardian if they come in contact with the police. Sometimes though, the police may not do anything if you are close to 18. It really depends on the discretion of the police officers in your area. You could call the non-emergency number to confirm what exactly could happen if you have any further questions.

    If you are thinking of leaving, you may want to look further into how you would be surviving on your own. Where would you go? How would you support yourself? Do you have any backup plans? Also you do want to consider where you are and where you could get to, because if you are in a small city for example, there may not be a lot of resources out there to help. This sounds like a lot, but they are some possibilities of what could happen if you left.

    If you need to, you can always contact us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We can talk about any possible options that you are thinking about. Lastly, please note that we offer a live chat via our website at www.1800runaway.org every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST.

    Best,

    NRS
    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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