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  • ccsmod3
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    Re: Crossing State Lines

    Hello again,

    It sounds like you are doing your best to look into your options and keep feeling shut down. We are sorry to hear you are being told by officials that nothing can be done unless the abuse is physical. Physical abuse can sometimes be easier to document, but that doesn’t mean anyone deserves to go through mental, emotional, or verbal abuse. If you’ve already called your state’s Child Protective Services and feel as though not enough was done, there is another organization that advocates for children and youth who have had difficulty with “the system.”

    Justice for Children: Advocates in abusive situations.
    http://justiceforchildren.org/
    1-800-733-0059

    We are very sorry you are going through this and hope you are able to find a way to contact us directly, either by calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat (red button at www.1800runaway.org) from 4:30 to 11:30 pm CST.

    You mentioned your social workers supported the idea of you enrolling in school to pass the time. There was a national act that was passed to help homeless (including runaway) youth enroll in school and they might be able to offer you information for how you can enroll as well.

    Here is a link for Oregon’s state coordinator: http://nchespp.serve.org/profile/OR

    We hope that helps a bit more and that you are able to keep safe in the meantime. Best of luck!

    - NRS

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    Crossing state lines Q response.

    Well, I've had a few social workers this year, and they both told me I should try enrolling in school to pass time, but my parents aren't concerned w getting me in school at all. Which I understand it's illegalities of having a minor uneducated during schooling months. I haven't really been outside since April, when I ran away for a few days and was picked up. My question isn't about crossin state lines per say. It's more of how do I get out of a situation like this, where the windows are nailed shut, I have no keys to the doors, and there's plenty of mental, emotional and verbal abuse? Because quite frankly all I've heard from officials is unless there's physical abuse, they won't do jack. Which is upsetting. Mental & verbal abuse is just as damaging. And I'm sick of being isolated.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thank you for reaching out and contacting the National Runaway Switchboard. We are glad that you have told us your story and hopefully, we can help you out. While we aren’t legally trained, we can definitely talk about your options and see what resources may be available to you.

    You said that you are currently 16 years old and from Portland but you want to head to WA, is that correct? Can you tell us more about what life is like for you in Portland? We are sorry to hear that you have been running away for so long and hope that you are in a safe place. If you aren’t, then we can try to help you locate one if you would like us to.

    Again, since we aren’t legally trained, we won’t be able to tell you specifically what would happen if the police in WA were to locate you. Generally speaking though, the age of majority in most states is 18 years old. Therefore, if the police were to locate you, they would probably return you to a legal guardian in Portland.

    Please, give us a call if you would like to talk more about what is going on. We can also try to locate some resources for you that would be able to explain the laws to you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We also have online chat that is available from 4:30 PM-11:30 PM (CST), 7 days a week through our website (http://www.1800runaway.org).

    We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck.

    ~NRS

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    I've ran away many times in the last year and a half. I've heard the age of adult or whatever is 16 in WA. I'm from OR, Portland to be exact. If I ran away from here, went up there, and was ID'd for whatever innocent reason, and they saw my name flagged on their PC as a reported runaway, would they take me back across to Portland?

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hi there,
    Thanks again for your response to the National Runaway Switchboard. It's great that you are so interested in helping out your girlfriend and it seems like you have done alot already. But again, since we are not legal experts nor are we a direct hotline we are unable to tell you what would be better. This would fall on her to make that decision. You have the option of calling the local police of where she may want to go and anonymously asking them what would happen if a runaway youth crossed state lines etc...
    Sorry that we are unable to tell you what would be better but that is just not something we are able to do. If you have any further questions please feel free to call us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Good luck.
    NRS

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    As odd as this is going to be - does she have a better chance staying hidden in another state or is it about the same?

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  • ccsmod3
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    We are sorry to hear that your girlfriend has a terrible home life and it sounds like you are in a tough situation. We are not legal experts, so we can’t say for certain, but normally youth have to follow the laws of their state of origin. If her parents/guardians file her as a runaway with local police, it should be entered into the NCIC (National Crime Information Center). It sounds like you’ve heard that police do not do as much with frequent runaways. It is possible the police wouldn’t do much or just send her back home, but it would be at their discretion.

    It sounds like you are already familiar with the law associated with harboring a runaway. Other crimes associated with running away are crossing state lines with a minor and/or contributing to the delinquency of a minor. To our knowledge, these are just considered misdemeanors; although you may want to check with your local police or sheriff’s department to be sure. We hope your girlfriend is able to stay safe and we encourage you and your girlfriend to call for further assistance. We can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Best of luck, NRS

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    Crossing State Lines

    My girlfriend who is sixteen recently ran away. She has a terrible home life. But anyway, she was picked up and taken home only to plot to run away again. I harbored her however she wasn't found with me.

    We're im Ohio and I know often people who run away multiple times aren't chased by the police much because it's a offence offence in Ohio. My question is I have connections in multiple states and if we we're to leave the state (assuming they even go looking a second time) where does that usualy leave the police. Especially if they.don't know.she left the state but even if shedid.
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