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    I am 15. If i ran away at sixteen from an abusive home and crossed state lines... Lived with my bffls other parents. And then she moved there with me what happens if im caught then. And if im not caught till eighteen what can hahappen then. Things like.. Kidnapping and harboring charges? Or could i get in trouble for crossing state lines?

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    Re: Running Away. Some Issues


    Thank you for reaching us at this present time for answers to the questions you have. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us at National Runaway Switchboard for support and resources also. While we are not legal experts we can only provide the general outline for rules governing situations involving runaways. Since these laws vary from state to state it is often best to locate your local police department to find out how they react to these situations but since you are planning on leaving for another state it may differ pending police discretion.

    Firstly, at 15, you are still a minor. This gives your parents some control over who and where you can live but it can also depend on whether you are made to live in an unsafe situation also. Do you feel safe at home? How do you define what sort of abuse is happening to you? Is it physical, mental or emotional? We ask this because it may help if you can document these incidents or have people you can count on to be there to stand by you if an investigation took place. It may help to report any sort of wrongdoing happening at home if you do not feel safe. School teachers, counselor and liners such as us are also mandated reporters.

    This means we can report abuse or neglect but we do not define nor do we investigate such matters. We simply make the report and get it to the people who can look into these issues for you. Although the outcome of never guaranteed, we can also help to locate alternative resources and options to keep you safe. It can be hardest to prove abuse if you do not have bruises or if there is no one to turn to who has witnessed these events. We are not here to dissuade you from taking action but to lay out the pros and cons. We do want to empower you in case you need to find out your rights. One such resource to find out more is called Justice of Children at 1800-733-0059 for youths affected by abuse and seek to go beyond failed agencies not able to give you the justice you so deserve.

    Lastly, running is not illegal. It is not a crime. It often means you get a status offense as a minor but harboring a runaway is certainly illegal. Your parents can bring charges to those who shelter you because it some areas it is considered "contributing to the delinquency of a minor." It is wonderful that you have folks you can count on and who are willing to go above and beyond for you. We simply want to invite you to call us to speak to someone directly at 1800RUNAWAY if you are seeking emotional support. We are confidential and anonymous and have no way of tracking you. If you have not left or even when you do leave, we can be reached 24 hours a day toll free from any phone. We are only not confidential if you wish to report what is happening to you and that is because we require certain private info about yourself and your family such a names, addresses and numbers but you only if that at your own choosing.

    If you were to leave and manage to stay off radar that is one thing because you are no longer a runaway at 18. Any report made on you becomes void unless you are only emancipated when you are older than 18 in your state or if you are on probation for something you did. If you are fleeing a warrant, that is something is that left to the courts to decide. Crossing state lines as a minor with an adult can be tricky in certain states because this can be seen as a federal matter but it is best to call your local police to find that out. We hope this info has been helpful to you in some way. We hope to hear from you if you need to talk soon. Good luck.

    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
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