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Can I run away from an abusive home life without being caught?

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    My sister and I have had issues since I was little; however, they've only gotten worse since she had her baby. She very manipulative and is able to easily control my mother's thoughts on a situation where all I did was speak my mind. I am over it and it's time for it to stop. Could I run away without the knowledge of my mother, sister, and stepmom? If she calls the cops to report me missing, where could I hide? I wouldn't want to be found and brought back to a bad situation

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out, it sounds like things have been tough with your sister and mom. We hope to help as best we can. 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.

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