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  • #16
    Hi, I’m really concerned right now. My friend says she wants to run away because her parents are controlling and don’t show her affection. She says she feels like she is being used for their gain. She said she feels that her parents control everything she does from the way she acts to how she dresses, the way she eats. I’m not sure if they are just giving advice on how to be proper or if it’s something more. I’m anxious, I want to help but I think she is 100% convinced to do this. She says she’s more than 100% sure she is going to run away. She even has a whole plan! What should I do? I’m trying to explain that life on the street can get really bad for a teen girl but I don’t know, this just happened she said she’d be right back, what should I say??


    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      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 your friend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help her as she mentioned wanting to run away. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for her

      Your friend's safety is very important. It could be helpful to brainstorm with her safe places she can go and trusted adults she can reach out to for help. Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. You can pass along our contact information to your friend if she wants to talk more about her options and ways she can stay safe. We are here to listen and help as much as possible.

      We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. If you or your friend would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
      We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.

      Take care,

  • #17
    my friend is a 14 year old girl and she been preparing on running away and she's ask me to run with her and i need help what to know to help her so she would not run away.
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 06-01-2020, 07:37 PM. Reason: Removed ID info.


    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hey there,
      Thanks for reaching out to NRS, that seems like a scary situation to be asked by a friend to run away with them. It seems like they have a lot going on and are hoping to get away from a tough situation but wants your help and company. It seems like you are worried about the situation and want them to stay safe rather than take a risk like that. It is understandable to be worried about their and your own safety through all this and want to keep them safe at home like that.

      It seems like your friend trusts you a lot and is hoping for your help. You may want to find out more about what is going on that makes them feel they need to run away so that you can try and help them the best. Then you can try and give them the help that best suits them. If you need help with what resources or people can help you can either call us with more information, or give them our information as well so we can help them through this difficult time.

      If they seemed determined and unwilling to listen we can also try and find them a safe place to go. Friends, and other family member’s houses are an option if you can get permission to stay with them. If you or your friend leaves without permission police would probably be notified and they could try to force you both back home. There are also shelter resources in our database we can look for. There is also if they need a safe place as well.

      Hopefully these options are helpful for you. If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or use our chat service at

  • #18
    So my friend is 14 and I’m 15 and she wants to run away to my house for at least a few days.we only live 30 minutes away from each other and she would still be going to school and me and my family would take care of her; could me or my family get in trouble for this?


    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It’s great that your friend is able to count on you for support and that you and your family are so willing to help her.

      While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that there is some legal risk for sheltering your friend. If her parents file a runaway report with the police, they might have the option to press charges against your parents for what is called “harboring a runaway.” Again, we are not legal experts, but this is typically considered a misdemeanor offense and can be very difficult to pursue. In most cases, a runaway situation will simply result in the youth being returned home by the police. However, the risk of harboring charges, despite being low, is still present.

      A good idea for finding out exactly how those charges might work would be having your parents reach out to the police. They can ask the police, from the perspective of your friend’s parents, “my 14 year old is talking about running away. If they go to their friend’s house, how do I press charges against their friend.” The police would be able to tell your parents exactly what that process would be and what they would stand to risk.

      If you want to talk more about what’s going on or what options your friend might have, please don’t hesitate to reach out, or to have her reach out, to us over the phone at 1-800-786-2929 or over chat at

      Take care,
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