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  • ccsmod4
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    My dad is abusive


    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline.

    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 there is a lot that you are going through right now and you’re thinking about running away.
    We understand how frustrated you must feel right now. It’s probably pretty tough feeling like you are not sure just where you fit in. You are very strong person for talking and expressing the way that you feel. Good for you.
    Being abused is not your fault. You don’t deserve to have this happen and you should know that there are laws to protect minors against abuse. If things continue to escalate and you feel at risk and would like to file an abuse report you may do so by contacting Child Help USA at: 1-800-422-4453
    NRS can also assist with filing a child abuse report and assist with trying to locate a safe emergency shelter. We can also assist with trying to locate family crisis counseling services through our data base. You did a great job reaching out today.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of.

    We are here as support to you during this challenging time.
    If you or you would like to talk more in detail we can best help by phone or chat.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). Please call or chat soon.

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 9-1-1 or seek emergency assistance immediately.


    Take care,
    NRS

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    My dad is abusive and my every action seems to make my mother angry. I feel like a failure, a disappointment, useless. I think running away make all of their lives better. I used to be the favorite child but then my stupid little brothers came along and made me the middle child. I have two older siblings both the same age, they make fun of me and sometimes hit me. My little brothers are very young and they don't like me at all. If i do something wrong, my mother yells at me and then my dad hits me til I bleed. I can't take it anymore and I have to run away. Good day/noon/afternoon/evening/night/morning.

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  • ccsmod7
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

    Unfortunately, it can be difficult to sign up for school without a guardian signing for you. If you are able to prove homelessness, you might be able to enroll in school as a homeless or independent minor. To learn more about that process you might reach out to the National Center for Homeless Education's Helpline: 1-800-308-2145 to link up with the homeless education liaison in California.

    If you would would to talk more about your situation please do not hesitate to call or chat us: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

    Best,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m running away and heading to California, but I want to finish high school, only two more years, I don’t know if I can find somewhere their and sign me up for school. Will that work?

    I live in Ohio

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  • ccsmod9
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your parent’s permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be safe,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I want to run away but I want to continue school so I can have a good life outside of home. My dad is completely out of my life and has been for about a year now and my mom is verbally and emotionally abusing me and giving me punishments for things I can’t control and I just don’t want to deal with it anymore. I have diagnosed anxiety depression and ptsd a lot of which is because of her and my dad and all I want to do now is just leave so I don’t end up killing myself anymore. I only have one person I’m living for and I just want to leave with him but he won’t say yes and I want to have a successful life but I don’t know how I can without education. I just want to be happy and I think running away will help but I don’t know about it for in the long run.

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  • ccsmod2
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello There,

    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are not legal experts but we do have general information that may be helpful to you. If you do runaway your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you home. You may be able to attend school but it is a possibility that the police will look for you at your school. As far as getting a license you would need a parent or legal guardian present for you to obtain your license.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. Best of luck!
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    can i run away from home and still go to school? i want to go to school and get my drivers license soon. enough. ??

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  • ccsmod1
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension - you deserve to be safe in your own home. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    You mentioned that there was some physical abuse going on at home. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’d rather not say my name but I’m 13 and I have been mentally abused, physically abused, and ignored by my parents for most of my life. My dad is ok but even then he still sometimes treat me like I’m worthless. I’m think about running away but I want to continue my education.

    How do you go to online school without parental consent?

    How do I get a phone without a parental consent.

    How owe do I get an I.D when it comes to it.

    I would be grateful for a response.
    Thank you.

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    i am younger then most people who think of running away but i really don't know what to do i have not really known my real dad but i do know my step dad he keeps saying that im always in a bad mood and saying im treating my family terrible even tho i'm not but now i have grown sick of it and i want to run away from it and all the other problems and drama in my life but i don't know where i can or will go but still be able to go to school.
    pleas tell me my options of what i can do and any quick way of getting there.

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  • ccsmod9
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,
    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 there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. . It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org 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.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (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.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I want to runaway, I have a place I could stay and still go to school which is definitely something I’d still want to do. I’m 15 and my mom would most likely (like 90% chance) call the cops and say I ran away- both of my parents are verbally/mentally abusive and I can’t make it till I’m 18 being that I’ve been dealing with it since I was about 13. I don’t know if it’s even worth it because I’m not sure if I told the cops the situation if they could/ would even do anything about it let alone take my side. I don’t want to leave knowing that if the police brought me home things would get even worse and I would get punished, but I also can not deal with this any longer

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  • ccsmod10
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It sounds like you’re in a tough spot right now; seems like a lot of your situation is dependent on what is going on with custody between your parents. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    All the best,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am thinking about running away because my dad wants to send me back to live with my mom, because he doesn't want me living with him any more. If I go back to my moms, I will not have the same opportunities that I have here, and I have less of a chance to go to college. I am 16, turning 17 soon, I have a job, and a bike. Do you think I can survive the rest of high school and maybe make it to college by being on my own?

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