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can I live with my brother without parental consent?

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    I'm a 16 year old girl living with two severely emotionally abusive parents. Recently it has turned slightly physical and my dad has touched me in ways no father should touch a daughter. Can I move in with my brother and his wife without my parents consent?

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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. Wow it sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now, thank you for opening up and sharing a little bit about your story.
    First of all abuse is never okay and your father should never touch you inappropriately. One option you could consider is to file an abuse report. You can file a report by calling us or calling The Child Help line at: 1800-422-4453. If you are in immediate danger please call 911 as soon as possible and an officer can assist you.
    You mentioned wanting to move in with your brother and his wife. We are not legal experts but do have some information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you home if it were safe. Because you mentioned abuse they may investigate before sending you back home.
    We hope this information is helpful to your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore your options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. Best of luck, stay strong!
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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