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  • #76
    How do I know if I’m being emotional abuse?

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    • ccsmod0
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      You mentioned possibly experiencing emotional abuse.  Please keep in mind you by no means deserve any type of abuse, emotional or otherwise.  Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation.  That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share.  Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead.  The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made.

      We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support.

      Be safe,

      NRS

  • #77
    Hello, I’m reaching out to know if I should run away. I am 15 and my mom is abusive she’ll slap me, pull my hair and choke me. She does more but I’m not going into it but she says also calls me horrible names and dictates the way I dress and calls me a w*#&$ and says I hope you get [email protected]*$^ for wearing that. She also says I’m lazy and a no good daughter and makes me hate myself because of it. My grades are low and I get that’s bad but every time the 50 or below she takes my phone and gets in my face and when I ask her to please stop that’s when she slaps me and treats me like I’m nothing. But then she plays victim saying she never does that and every one around her believes her over me. I really need help on what to do.

    ive already sent y'all and email
    Last edited by ccsmod7; 12-09-2021, 05:55 PM.

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It sounds like you are experiencing emotional and physical harm from your mom. 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. 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 to make a report and how a report might be handled by CPS.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. We want you to know that we are here to support you. If you need a space to talk please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at https://www.1800runaway.org/. We are available 24/7

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • #78
    so where can i go if i do run away bc im 14 abd my life at home is very bad

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    • ccsmod15
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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. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      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); 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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #79
    Hi, I am 12 years old and I get abused every day of my life. It is to the point where I have gotten bruises and my parents have even broken the skin. I have thought of just ending my life but I care about my friends. Is it okay for me to run away??

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    • ccsmod6
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      Hi there,
      Thanks so much for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We know that it takes a lot of strength to ask for help and we’re glad that you reached out. You don’t deserve abuse and we’re so sorry that you’re experiencing it. You mentioned fearing that your situation might end in suicide if things don’t change. Your life has worth and our top priority is your safety. If you feel that you are in immediate danger, please consider calling 911 for assistance.
      You asked whether it’s okay for you to run away. We can certainly understand why you’d want to leave home considering how your parents have been treating you. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parents may file a runaway report with the police. This means that, at the very least, police would have to return you to your parents if they found you. While running away is not a crime, any legal adult who allows you to stay with them could be charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.
      If you need a safe place to go and talk to someone, you may wish to visit The National Safeplace website (www.nationalsafeplace.org). You can look up your city and state to see if there are any safe places near you. This organization provides immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. So that is always an option if you feel like you need somewhere safe to go and talk to somebody.
      Considering the extent of the abuse you face at home, filing an abuse report is certainly also an option for you. In general, once abuse has been reported, social services will decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (you stay in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove you from the home and offer certain services).
      If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.
      You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Hotline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail about your situation to discuss your options, you can call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). If you’re unable to call in, you can also chat with use through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      We hope to hear from you soon,
      NRS
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