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  • ccsmod10
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    You don't deserve to be in an environment where you're regularly feeling emotionally hurt, or being hit. We're thankful that you know you deserve to be happy and safe, and are looking out for yourself. We're here to help every step of the way as best we can.

    Running away at 15 can be challenging, because there is not a lot of structure in place to support you. We can still talk through possible options, though.

    If you ran away, your parents could look for you themselves, and they could also file a runaway report with law enforcement, which means that police might investigate where you were and try to return you home. Your friends wouldn't get into any legal trouble if you told them, but if you were staying with someone who knew you'd run away, they could be charged with a crime called harboring a runaway.

    There are some shelters for people in your situation, and if you want to send another post, live chat us, or call us, and give us more details about your location, we might be able to look into specific options for you. Staying with another family member or friend that you trust is often the safest choice.

    Whatever you decide, it is good to think through a plan before you leave. Consider where you will go, how you'll get there, how long you would stay there, how you would keep yourself safe, and who you would contact in case of emergencies. Bringing food and water, clothing, basic hygiene products, and a device to communicate with people is a good place to start thinking.

    You don't have to deal with this alone; please feel free to contact us again. We are here to listen and help.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    i dont have a phone my parents took it away but im 15 , my parents mostly hurt me emotinaly but is not uncommon for them to hit me i want to run away but im scared i dont know what to do i dont know what i should get and i dont know where to go, i donr want to leave at the same time because ill miss my friends but if i tell them and i do leave and if my parents decide to go looking for me which they most likely will i dont want them to be trapped into all of this, What should i do, bring , and any tips? please and thank you.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone.
    Home is a place where you deserve to feel safe, and we are sorry that it sounds like you do not feel safe at home. It sounds like you are going through physical abuse, and you have every right to make a report. There are a few ways that you can make an abuse report and we will explain the different ways. One option is you could talk with a school counselor or teacher, because they are mandated reporters they would be required to make a report. Another option is you could call Child Help at 1800-422-4453 and they can help with making a report they also have a chat function at ChildHelp,org. Lastly, you can always call or chat with us and we can help you make a report.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. We are available to help you and support you 24/7. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    My mom and dad keep threatening to beat me and they have been doing that for a few days and sometimes they beat me with chargers and sometimes whatever they find and I'm a minor what can I do in this situation?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. If you’re 17 and a runaway, if your mom calls, it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether you want to talk to her, though keep in mind she does have the right to file a runaway report via the police. If you'd like to use us a mediator for a conversation between the two of you you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. How the police react and whether they take any action to look for you, can depend. We can’t predict what they will do, whether they will start looking for you, do nothing, or what. Generally speaking, the closer you are to 18 the less likely the police will search for you. Just so you know, in most states at 18, you are the age of majority and can chose to live independently of your parents.

    If you do runaway, its important to have a plan on where to go and be safe. A plan would include brining all your important IDs and identification, money to buy food, etc., clothing, and anything you need. If you want to talk further or chat with the National Runaway Safeline, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via the chat feature on our website: www.1800runaway.org We are here 24/7 and hope to hear from you soon to see how we can further help. Good luck and stay safe!
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 02-04-2022, 09:31 AM.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    im 17 and want to run away which i have a couple weeks ago.. but what do i do if my mom calls me?

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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 forum 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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Uhm this is my first time on here but ive run away alot of times , but i still dont feel safe or happy at home my family make me feel like im useless pathetic and would threaten me with phrases of what they would do to me , my family do not want me here and i dont wanna be here i wanna leave , weve already had "people" tryna help the family b

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    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 forum 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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I ran away from my house a few months ago and my mom agreed to take me off the runaway list if i went and lived with my aunt so i did. My mom still has legal custody of me but refuses to talk to me and we never hear from her. I'm 16 years old. I don't want to stay where I'm at and my aunt does not have legal guardianship. If i leave and my mother or my aunt calls the police what might happen? I'm in Minnesota

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand that it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like you have been spending a lot of time at your friend’s house in order to avoid spending time with your father and are wondering if there are any possible consequences from that. While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If your father did not give you permission to stay with your friend, he may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. It might also be possible that those you are staying 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 any legal questions.

    We understand that this may be a difficult situation and we are here to support you during this challenging time. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us at www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). If you are ever at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    i am 16 years old and i’m on thanksgiving break, i’ve been spending the past few days with my friend at her house to avoid being home with my father. can he call me in as a runaway? and would it get my friends mom in trouble? (i’m allowed to go home at anytime and they know how bad my situation is)

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I wrote to you yesterday about getting physical and mental abused if I ran away once before because of my parents and if I run away again what would happens to me

    also I’m like really scared to go home because I always do something wrong and I’m scared there going to punch me again

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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like it has been really hard at home for a very long time due to physical abuse, but they don't leave marks, so there is no evidence to show. It's understandable to be afraid of being there; it's understandable to want to leave. You don't deserve to be treated this way at all, and we are sorry that you are going through this.

    We work best with people when we can have a conversation together, so we hope you will reach out via chat through this website or on our phone hotline so we can talk this over and work to discover what options you might have. If you run away, your parents may file a runaway report with police, no one can give you permission to run. We hope you will chat us or call us at 1-800-RUANWAY. Both are 24/7 and confidential. We truly hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS
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