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I'm turning 16 in a few months, in South Florida, and I really want to run away.

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  • I'm turning 16 in a few months, in South Florida, and I really want to run away.

    I'm currently 15 and a senior in high school, but I'm turning 16 in a few months, so currently I can't file for emancipation. I live in Florida and I don't want to live in this house anymore. I feel like my parents control every aspect of my life (hell, the second I mentioned that I want to go to college in a city up north, they accused me of wanting to leave the family and not wanting to be with them anymore and being ungrateful and essentially guilt tripping me back to them). I have very limited freedom; they even dismiss any feelings I have towards a guy as fake and unreal. I always seem to get into a fight with my parents, especially my mother (my dad is overseas). I feel like I don't even belong here, and we never see eye to eye. And even when we resolve our conflicts, it's just because I'm tired of it, so I just agree with them even if I don't truly. This has been going on and on for the past 5 years since I was 11 and haven't stopped. I keep thinking I'm a screw up because my younger brother never gets into things like this and I'm just done. I genuinely feel like I don't belong here and I have wanted to run away for so long but haven't had anywhere to go until now. My parents never liked my boyfriend even though he is a genuinely good person, and never allowed me to date. As soon as rhey found out I was dating him they forced me to break up with him...many times. We genuinely love each other and plan on getting married when we are older, and yet my parents tell my it's all fake. They even manipulated me into thinking he cheated on me so I would break up with him. Its too much stress. He asked me to live with him when he goes to move up north, and his mother agrees. She even said she would let my live at their house and she would help me with getting a job. She would even help me go to another college. Frankly, she feels more like a mother to me than my own.

    I just really want to leave this place, but I'm scared of breaking my family's hearts. But every time I try to fix a conflict nothing gets better. I just want it to be over. No matter what I still love them, but I can't keep doing this anymore. I'm just scared that the cops will come looking for me and make me go home, and I really don't want that. I have a whole other phone my parents don't know about so I shouldn't be able to be tracked. I just want to know what I can do if I run away to stay away from cops, and what's the best way to do it.

  • #2
    Thank you for reaching out to NRS! You do not deserve to be treated that way. Your parents should make you feel loved and supported. Child Help is a great resource that deals with how your parents are treating you. You can reach them at 1800-422-4453 or go to and use their live chat.
    Leaving can be a confusing and hard thing to do. We can definitely discuss this further with you if you call our hotline at 1800-786-2929 or chat with us via our online chat at We are available 24/7 and are confidential. It was really brave of you to write to us!
    Take care!
    National Runaway Safeline

    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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    • #3
      get better bro , i know...i can relate to every single thing in this paragraph .


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