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  • #31
    I wanna leave my house bcuz I'm mentally physically and emotionally abused

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    • ccsmod8
      ccsmod8 commented
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      Hello there -

      Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. From your post it sounds like you have a question that a lot of our contacts have. We are sorry that you are going through at abuse at home. No one deserves to be treated that way at all. Just know that you always have the right to report any abuse (physical, mental, sexual, or neglect/abandonment) to child protective service in your state. You have rights too. One hotline that might be able to guide you through the process or reporting and answering any questions that you have is “Child Help (National Child Abuse Hotline)” (800.422.4453).

      Only you know when you need to leave due to your home being unsafe. Unfortunately no one but you can make that decision for you, not even here. One thing that may be helpful for you is to possibly note when the fighting/yelling is happening or any triggers of the fighting/yelling (some examples would be like after your abuser comes from work or after dinner and/or right when you get home) and to try to find things that can keep yourself away from home during those times (after school programs, sports program, study group at a friend’s house, getting involved in your volunteering, etc). That way you are able to stay safe while you figure out what your next step might be.

      It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. Please rest assured that we are completing confidential. So anything that you share with us will stay between us. We might also be able to look in our database to see if there were any youth shelters or safe places that you might be able to go to if you need some local support.

      Best of luck and we hope that if you need more support that you reach out to us here.

  • #32
    im getting verbally abused by my mother and stepfather and my mother has to go through verbal and physical abuse since the time I was 9 I was just to scared to reach out but I want to be taken away from the home and not be in that type of environment anymore but I also wanna do it anonymously what do I do
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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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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.

      You mentioned suffering verbal abuse at home. We are so sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are ever in immediate danger or are feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody. In these forms of child abuse reporting, your parent/legal guardian would not be told who filed the report if you so wish, but an investigation will be carried out if deemed necessary.

      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive, and you know your situation best.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #33
    Uh I dont know how to do this but ill try....my parents are getting a divorces and I dont wanna be with either of them because of what they did, they made me suicidal mutable times, and I was wondering if CPS can take me away so I can live with my friend if they agree to take care of me, but I can still see my family just not everyday

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hello,

      Thank you for reaching out to NRS – it takes a lot of courage to share your story. We’re so sorry to hear about your parents’ divorce – that must be very difficult. You deserve to feel safe, comfortable, and loved, especially in your home. But we’re glad to hear that you have a friend to lean on for support.

      We’re also very sorry to hear that you’ve experienced thoughts of suicide. If you find yourself thinking about suicide again, please don’t hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

      Filing an abuse or neglect report with Child Protective Services is an option. If you call them and explain your situation, they will assign a social worker to conduct a full investigation, and the social worker will decide what’s in your best interest. CPS investigations can result in any number of things (i.e. family counseling, regular home visits by a social worker, parenting classes, you living with a relative/foster family/friend, etc.) – it all depends on what the social worker thinks is in your best interests,
      Child Help is an excellent organization – their website (www.childhelp.org) might be helpful to you. You can also call us at 1 (800) RUN-AWAY if you want to learn more about reporting, want help in filing a report, or just want to talk. We’re 24/7 and confidential. We’re here to listen, and we’re here to help. You’re not alone in this.

      Good luck and stay safe.

      NRS

  • #34
    Hello can cps take me away if my brother emotionally abuses me calling me a ****, **********, and **** or can they just tell my parents that we need family therapy I also should mention he bites me but not where I have a mark, he strangled me one time but no mark he digs his nails in my skin but a faint mark then its gone after a day he also tried drowning me. If it helps I live in Texas
    Last edited by ccsmod1; 01-18-2020, 02:06 PM.

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    • ccsmod1
      ccsmod1 commented
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. Your brother's behavior sounds really scary and you dob't deserve to be treated like that. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. We aren't affiliated with CPS so unfortunately, we cannot tell you what their response would be if an abuse report were filed. If you do want to explore reporting your brother's actions you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. You said that there are seldom marks from your brother's abuse. It may be a good idea to take pictures of any injuries that do occur from the abuse as that can be helpful in CPS investigations.

      It may be a good idea to have a serious talk with your parents about your brother's abuse. It could be a good idea to work with a local family counselor or have a conversation mediated by a school counselor/social worker, trusted friend, or family member to help clear the air. If you'd like, you can also call us directly and we can conduct a conference call with your parents so you have a safe environment where you can express yourself.


      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • #35
    Hi, I am 15 and living in a bad environment. My mom and brother emotionally abuse me. consistently telling me things that bring down my confidence. I have many older siblings who have moved out as soon as possible with the same problem. but I'm not old enough. I'm not sure what to do. I'm always on the verge of killing myself and I self harmed but it isn't helping anymore. I want to run away but I'm not brave enough to face the world head on. How can I leave my house as soon as possible but still be safe?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 02-06-2020, 01:59 AM.

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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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. You don't deserve to be abused in any way. It is not your fault. You have the right to want to be treated fairly.
      It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like at some point you were fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things didn’t change.
      Your safety and well-being are important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.

      You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your parent’s permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help in this situation by letting you stay with them. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

      Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #36
    i would like to have cps take me away because my mom can be very abusive to me and my brothers at times i want to call but i am scared we will get seperated and i will not be able to go the school that i am going to and my brothers will not be able to go to the schools they want to go to i also would like to live with a family member but i dont know if i can i would like to get emancipated but i dont know how to what do i do

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Thanks for taking the time to write us here at NRS. It can certainly be stressful at home when the adults in the household are not supportive. Abuse does get overwhelming and it can be tough to cope with on your own. Abuse of any kind is never okay and not your fault. Doing your own research while thinking about the decision to pursue emancipation is really responsible and resourceful!

      A helpful step is to start reaching out to friends and family members you might be able to stay with. Sometimes having an adult advocate on your side can make communicating your needs more effective and it takes the pressure off of you to do it alone. Perhaps an adult family member, a friend's parent or a counselor at school can help you think through your options and what you would like to do.

      If there is abuse at home, you do have the option to report it. This can be a scary and intimidating step to take, but you don't have to do it alone. You mentioned some concerns about the school you would be attending if you are removed from your mom's custody and being separated from your brothers. Generally speaking if you are removed from a guardian's custody by child protective services, their first option for alternative placement is with a family member and they do want to keep siblings together in most cases. Child Help is an organization that advocates for young people in abusive and unhealthy situations. You can contact them at 1-800-422-4453 or go to childhelphotline.org to talk more about what the reporting process might be like for you and options for having a trusted adult intervene to help.

      The other option you mentioned was emancipation. Emancipation can be a lengthy and difficult process, and in some states you have to be 16 before you can start the process. To be emancipated and gain the rights and responsibilities of being a legal adult (renting an apartment, enrolling yourself in school, working full time, etc) you need to show a judge that you are already living separately from your guardian, you are able to financially support yourself, and that emancipation is in your best interest. Emancipation does often require the full participation and cooperation of your parent. If you would like to talk more about starting this process and the criteria, we can connect you with legal aid in your area. You can call us at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services and we would be happy to find resources for you.

      We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • #37
    hi , ... so i live wit my mom and step dad .. man i wanna get out of here all my mom do is beat me really bad and make me bleed .. i hate it here i don’t want her to know how I feel .. i just wanna run away from her and i wanna live wit paris and her mom or wit my godmom bc those the only ppl i will wanna live wit ... and i just don’t wanna see my mom nor live wit her nomore

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 commented
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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.
      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. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

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  • #38
    I am scared that CPS will take me and my brother away.

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Hello,
      Thank you for writing to us here at the 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 sounds like you are worried about your brother being taken away by CPS. We would like to be of assistance to you if we can and would like to hear more about the situation you’re facing.
      We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Take care,
      NRS
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