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    i have been abused my whole life I am 17 I want to move out but I do not have enough money I don’t want to become a prostitution just to be able to live in my own basically I just need financial support to be able to move out and be in my own how can I get this and where can I even live I am done being abused and I have been standing up for myself I will be 18 in February I need to get out of this house

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    Hi there,

    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 seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.

    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. However because you so close to being 18 there might be a loophole. Since Police departments often have a lot to report and deal with, they might not even report you. They would much rather focus on other much younger cases. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. As far as getting financial support and a place to live you might consider calling us we would gladly help (1-800-786-2929) the thing is that we often need city and state of where you are at, how old you are, etc.

    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    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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