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    My stepdad has gotten slightly physical, he has knocked me down. He keeps hurting me, but keeps apologozing every time. Is this normal?

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    Thank you ever so much for reaching out to us. 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 things at home with your stepfather have been confusing and you mentioned being harmed. We are so sorry you are going through this. It is never ok for someone to hurt you, nor is it something that should be happening at home.

    You have a couple of options regarding your stepdad's behavior. If you are at risk of immediate danger or are feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If you are considered a minor in your state, you also have the option to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 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.

    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 (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. Whatever you decide, know that we are here to support you. We are here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

    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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