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    I'm currently 14 but I am in what you might say a jam. I live with my mom and step-father. I hate everything about my step-father basically what a movie would portray about him is what he is. My mom works in Delaware and we live In Pennsylvania. She leaves Wednesdays but some time Tuesday and doesn't come back until Sunday afternoon. I don't really see the point in living here if she's never home. So, I called my dad and he's pretty much a dead beat unless I'm visiting him. He basically told me he doesn't want me. I am currently dating a 16 year old and we've been together for five all most six months now. He resides in North Carolina and wants me to move in. We agreed to wait till I'm sixteen but I want to know if I run away to live with him when I'm sixteen while he's eighteen is that illegal. I know the legal age of consent is 16 there and other relationship should be legal could he or his family member were staying with be arrested?

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    RE: Help?


    Thanks for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are having a really tough time at home with your step-father. It sounds very frustrating that your mother is never at home. It is understandable that you are having a tough time. It sounds like you are considering running away in a couple years. Until you turn 18, if you leave home you could be considered a runaway. This means that your parents could call the police, who might force you to return home. Running away is not a crime, however anyone who allows you to stay with them could risk criminal charges for harboring a runaway. This means that the person you are dating and his family could potentially get into legal trouble or even criminal charges. It sounds like you have thought about the legality of your relationship with regards to the age of consent. Age of consent varies depending on what state you are in, and if you cross state lines you might still be subject to the laws in your state of origin. It was smart for you to reach out to us, and it sounds like you have plenty of time before you plan to run away in order to make a plan. If you need help talking through your options and making a plan to improve your situation, we are here for you 24/7. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.
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