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Running away in Philly (13 years old)

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  • Running away in Philly (13 years old)

    People who look at me, and the house I live in tell me I have a "great life," but they don't know. I mean I'm not abused, I'm not hooked on drugs, or pregneant. But I am hurt, and scared, and I need help. I need to get away, and I think I need to run away but I don't want to get dragged back home by the police. if you can help me, please do!

    [Name removed for confidentiality]

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    Re: Running away in Philly (13 years old)

    Thanks so much for writing in. It sounds like you're dealing with a very difficult situation right now and you're even at the point where you are thinking of running away. You mentioned feeling like if people looked at your situation from the outside they wouldn't think there was such a problem. But it obviously sounds like you are going through a lot right now, and you should be proud of yourself for being able to open up about it. You said that you are feeling hurt and scared. Is there something in particular that is making you feel this way? When did you start feeling that way and how long have you been thinking about running away? Who else is in your household? Have you been able to talk with any family or friends about this situation?

    It's understandable that you have thought about leaving considering you are feeling hurt and scared living in your home. Have you ever runaway before? If you did leave have you thought about where you might go? Do you have any friends or family in the area that you would be able to stay with? What do you feel would have to change at home in order for you to feel safe, and not hurt or scared? Do you think there is anything that could happen to make these changes possible? Are there any options you have thought about? What do you think would happen if you did runaway? How would your family feel if you left without them knowing? Would you feel comfortable talking a little bit more about the situation and exactly what's making you feel this way? Just so you know if you ever feel like you need to talk to someone you can always give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Even if you just need to vent about the situation and need someone to listen we are here 24 hours a day and we are a completely confidential hotline. If you are thinking of running or already have runaway we can help as well. If you need a safe place to stay or any other resources we would be happy to look those up for you as well. Best of luck with everything and write back or give us a call anytime.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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