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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

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    How do I know if I’m being emotional abuse?

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We are sorry that we didn't answer right away, but that is because we work on live callers and chatters first.
    You do not deserve to by sexually and physically abused. At all. By anyone. They tell you not to tell anyone to protect them, not to protect you. You can tell your teacher and they will begin the work of helping you to be safe. If you go to your friends, please tell them what is happening, or reach out to us from there.
    You can reach out to us by live chat through this website or, if you get to your friends, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
    You deserve to be safe. You deserve help and we are here to help you. We truly hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    Hi im 10 years old and im being physically abused by my mom and sexually abused by my dad, the sexual abuse started when i was 4 years old and the physically abuse was when i was 9 (last year). Ive been thinking a lot about running away but i'd have no where to go and im scared to ask my teacher if i can go to the counselor cause they usually talk to the person's parents about it. I just really need help or advice, Thank you.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there,

    Thanks so much for contacting NRS, it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. It sounds like your situation at home is really difficult. No one deserves to be belittled or hit and we are so sorry that you are experiencing this. We understand why you would want to leave given how your home is unsafe for you and are here to support you in any way we can.

    You mentioned feeling scared to run away and this is understandable as leaving home is a big decision. There are many things to consider, such as where you would stay and how you would take care of yourself. If you are considering running away, we can talk with you at anytime to help you create a plan that will help to keep you safe. We are not here to tell you what to do; our priority is to support you and help keep you safe.

    Everyone deserve to feel safe at home and no one deserves to be mistreated. If you feel you are being mistreated at home by your mom, you have the right to file an abuse report. If that is something you are interested in exploring further, more information can be found at Child Help USA (www.childhelp.org/) which can also help make the report by calling 1800-422-4453. You could also consider speaking to an adult you trust, perhaps a teacher or counsellor at school or trusted family member, who may be able to support you.

    We want to help keep you safe and it sounds like you are having thoughts of suicide. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource to talk to when you have these feelings and are available 24/7 through their hotline (800) 273-8255. Additionally, if you are interested, we can help try to connect you to local counsellors in your area that could provide you with professional mental health support.

    We are here to listen and support you 24/7 by calling 1800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or via chat through 1800runaway.org.

    We will you all the best,
    NRS

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    I’m 11 years old and my mom physically and emotionally abused me I feel like I grew up too fast all the time. My mom calls me names belittles me and physically hits me with a metal cable. My brother isint at this house anymore lol bf my dad is always working I have no personal space and she is always telling me that I don’t mean anything and that nothing that I have is mine not even my own life.I’m scared to run away because I don’t want to be sent to the orphanage and I don’t want anything bad to happen to me but I just can’t keep doing this. It hurts so much and I would rather die than stay here.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi there,


    Thanks for reaching out, we hope to help as best we can. You mentioned experiencing emotional abuse which may be reportable against mother and father. 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.

    By all means, if you do fear for your safety either now or in the future, do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to regain your safety. Its great to know family is trying to be supportive. If you'd like to discuss reporting or other options, please reach out. As a minor if you leave the home without parental permission and you haven't been removed from the home due to abuse or neglect your parents can file a runaway report for you. You would not be in legal trouble but you would likely be returned home by police.

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


    Be safe,
    NRS

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    I'm 14 and my mother and father are abusive mentally and physically they also neglect me. It's been like this since I was 10. I have a family member who said they would take care of me but I'm scared and don't know what to do. My friend also is abused and wishes to run away and i would like to help her. Please tell me what to do.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline and sharing your story. You are very brave.

    We are very sorry to hear your mom is hurting you. You do not deserve to be abused. If you have not already, it could be helpful to talk to a trusted adult, like a family member, school counselor, or friend’s parent, about the abuse. It could also be helpful to report the abuse, so CPS could investigate your mom. If you want to file a report we can help you if you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at our website. You can also file one at www.childhelp.org.

    Thank you again for reaching out to us. You are very strong. Feel free to reach out to us again anytime as we are available 24/7 and are completely confidential. You can also chat with us via the chat feature at www.1800runaway.org

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Everytime My mom abuses me my mouth bleeds.
    Pls Help me pls

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  • ccsmod5
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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. 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. We can help you by calling police or reporting abuse if you call or chat with us.
    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

  • ccsmod5
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out, it sounds like things have been tough at home. We hope to help as best we can. Here is some information around running away that may be helpful if you're thinking about it. We can definitely discuss other options as well. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being 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 want to talk about anything we mentioned in more detail or might have further questions, please reach out to us via chat or phone.

    Stay strong,
    NRS

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    me and my brothers are struggeling wiht our horrible lifes from our dad he locks us in a room and threatening us to kill us with the guns he has in the safe in his room but me and my brother try calling 911 befor just for it to get canceled by our dad somebody help

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    im only 12 and my family if falling apart and its just never ending arguing should i run away?

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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 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.
    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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