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I just turned 13 and planning to run away

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  • I just turned 13 and planning to run away

    I think I am being verbally abused at home by my mother. She's always commenting on my weight and calls me names like "ungrateful, brat, slob, pig, etc." Just because I didn't want to hang out with her. My school found out about my suicidal thoughts, told my mom and all she did was yell and say that I shouldn't be writing that stuff at all bc it's "not true". Everytime I want to do something I want to do she yells and tells me that she's the adult and that she pays the bills and is the only reason I'm alive. And she always makes me do stuff around the house or she'll threaten to take my stuff away if I don't do it that second, no matter what it is. She tried to make me go to school while I had a cold bc she didn't believe me. I've cleaned my room and then she threw it all back on the floor and made me pick it all back up again and sweep my room. I'm not sure if I should run away but if I do I'm probably gonna wait til im in 8th grade. But is this a valid reason?

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    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 that you are going through a lot at home. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    It seems that you are interested in running away and if the situations that you’ve gone through with your mother are a valid reason to run away once you are in the 8th grade. It is important to know that when you run away you’ll have to provide almost entirely for yourself and although we are not legal experts, as an 8th grader you might not even be able to legally work depending on the state you live in. You’ll also have to figure out housing, transportation, and education if you run away all by yourself. Your mother might even be able to file a runaway report, meaning that if the police were to find you, they could return you to your mother. I

    It must be so difficult to have to endure verbal abuse, and be told that your perspectives are incorrect, especially at an age where you don't get much freedom/control over your own life. Please know that your perspectives are real, and that you don't deserve to be treated that way.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (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.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe,

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