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    im 14 years old and i want out of my parents house i have no were else to go except running away and i know its really dangerous but living with my parents is also dangerous i think but if i do run and i get caught what could the police do to me?? thanks

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    wanting to run away but afraid of legal problems

    Hi there,
    Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Switchboard. We are glad that you are reaching out and we will help you the best we can. It sounds like you are having a tough time right now at home. We cannot say for sure what would happen if you leave as we are not legal experts but running away is considered a status offense meaning that it's only an offense because you are a minor. In order to get accurate information about the consequences you can call your local non-emergency police and ask anonymously. If you are ever feeling unsafe at home you also always have the options of calling 911.
    If you can call us here we are more than willing to talk with you about what is going on to try and figure out what your options are and give you more local resources. We would like to help you stay safe so if/before you run here are some things to think about:
    What else can I do to improve my home situation before I leave?
    What would make me stay at home?
    How will I survive?
    Is running away safe?
    Who can I count on to help me?
    Am I being realistic?
    Have I given this enough thought?
    What are my other options?
    If I end up in trouble, who will I call?
    When I return home, what will happen?
    We are here 24/7, and are anonymous and confidential. We are here to help. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Good luck,
    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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