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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out to NRS,
    It seems like you are planning to leave and we are glad you have a safe place to go. Most shelters do have to notify parents or get their consent within 24-72 hours. There are some that don’t so it may be worth searching around on https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ and calling out to them for more information.
    Your parents will likely file a runaway report as well. This means if police find you they will bring you back home. They will probably ask what your reasons were for leaving and if they think it is unsafe for you to go back they may look for other options or let you stay there for a while.
    Hopefully this information is helpful for you. If you need to vent about your situation or have more questions please reach out to our online chat or our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

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    Guest replied
    im 13 y/o and im running away to a friends house bc if i stay at my house longer i might kill myself, im crashing at a friends house and she'll get me to a shelter, if i live at a youth homeless shelter have a pssibilit i might go back home?

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  • ccsmod9
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    Thank you for contacting NRS,

    We appreciate you taking the time to contact us and telling us your story. From what we understand
    it seems like you hvae a friend who is being abused in another country. We unfortunately do not have
    legal expertise in international laws. We suggest perhaps speaking with your parents about the situation
    seeing if your parent would want to help. From there they can reach out to a lawyer who might be able to
    help with your current situation.


    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

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    Guest replied
    I have a friend who lives in Malaysia and is getting abused by their family, I want to help them but live in the US. They wanted to stay with me until they turn legal age (They'll be 17 in March), they've been around drugs and abusive parents. I don't know how to help them and not got in trouble with law enforcements here in New Jersey. I'm almost 18 and want some light on the situation, my parent is very open to taking them in.

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the 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. We are not legal experts so you might speak with your mother about any legal custody agreements they might have. It may play a key role in what actions the police might take.

    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.You don't deserve to be abused in any way. It's not your fault that this is happening. Another option you might consider is reporting the abuse to child services. Child help 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 possibly staying with your mom as far as transferring custody.


    We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, 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 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My home life is mentally abusive and a hard place to live. I am thinking of running away to my moms house (my parents are divorced and my moms a very kind nurturing woman) and I know it would be better there for me mentally. I am 17. If I were to run away, would I be returned home? Or would I be allowed to stay since it’s my moms place?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out,
    It seems like you have had a very intense night. It’s ridiculous that the police did nothing about the situation. Generally they should allow you to report the child abuse at the very least. If you feel you are in danger still or again please don’t hesitate to call the police again.
    Generally if you were to leave before 18 your mom can still file a runaway report, although considering the night you’ve been through the police might at least let you stay the night or a while somewhere else to let things cool down. We aren’t legal experts though so we can’t say for sure. There is also a risk of a harboring a runaway charge for those you went to, however from what we’ve heard that risk tends to go down if they don’t try to keep you hidden from the police.
    If you want more information about child abuse reporting you could go to childhelp.org for more information about your options. You can also reach out to our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY if you have more questions.

  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS, it seems like things are hard at home and you feel like you would be more comfortable at your boyfriends.
    While we aren’t legal experts generally if you were to go to live there without parent permission they could file a runaway report on you. This would allow the police to force you to go back to your parents’ house. There is also a chance that your boyfriend or his parents could face harboring a runaway charge.
    Hopefully this information helps you come to a decision, if you have more questions or feel like you need someone to talk to you can always reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us online.

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    Guest replied
    Hello, I’m 17 and my mother just beat me till I bleed out of my mouth and nose for some stupid reason. She very oftenly abuse me mentally too like all the time. I want to run away to my friends house but i don’t want them to get into trouble. I’m 17 and live in Rhode Island please help me. Oh and the cops were called but they claimed that it was not domestic violence or abuse even though my mouth was bleeding like I was shot in the nought they even asked if I needed aid to my Injuries. I thought if there was any call of domestic violence they are supposed to separate the two no matter what. Please help and fast

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    Guest replied
    i’m 16 and i want to get out of my house and go to my boyfriends house i’m safe there my parents always fuss and it gets harsh what can i do

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It seems like you have been through a lot, and we want you to know that it is never OK for a parent to put their hands on you like that. That seems like grounds to report child abuse. If you want more information about that childhelp.org is a good resource to see your options. It may be good to take pictures of the bruising on your neck to keep as proof if you do decide you want to report. Again that is a tough situation and has to be scary and we want you to know we are here to support you.
    If you were to leave to your friends’ house your parents could file a runaway report and have the police bring you home, and your friend and their parents could be at risk of a harboring a runaway charge. We aren’t legal experts but generally that risk for charges goes down if your friend doesn’t try to hide you from police if they were to come. Police may also listen to your story and keep you from going home if they deem it dangerous for you to go.
    Again it seems like a really difficult situation to be in and we hope this information helps. If you need someone to talk to or have more questions please reach out to our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat online with us.

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    Guest replied
    Im 13 and I want to run away. My parents found out I was bi and beat me. There are strangulation marks on my neck. I was thinking of running to my bffs house and I don't want her in trouble yet i still love my family. It just feels as if they're never there. I live in state college Pennsylvania

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  • ccsmod0
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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 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.
    The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' 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.
    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

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    Guest replied
    I’m 12 and I want to run away just to cool down and so my parents feel better about me. I want to go to a friends house, but I don’t want to start problems with the law. And I certainly do not want my parents, my friends parents, me or my friend to get in trouble. I live in Washington and I really want advice to see what I can do.

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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi, Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like you are in a really tough situation at home, made worse by your parents scoffing at both how you are treated and the depression that comes from that treatment.

    Maybe you there’s a way that you can ask to stay with your friend for a short time, say once a week so that you can get a break from home. But this is something we can talk over together. The best way for us to help you is if we can talk together.

    You can reach us by phone at 1800-786-2929 (1800-runaway) or via live chat at www.1800runaway.org We are here for you 24/7 and all of our services are confidential. We truly hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS
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