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  • #16
    Reply: Emotionally, Mentally, Psychologically hurt

    Hello,
    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

    It sounds like you are having some serious issues at home with your parents and might be considering to run away from home.
    We appreciate you reaching out and expressing your feelings.
    It sounds things have made you frustrated and you are searching for options on what to do.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    If you would like to talk and maybe explore some other options please contact NRS at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800Runaway.org (live chat).

    Great job reaching out today.
    Take care,
    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat which is open every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST and can be accessed here:

    National Runaway Safeline
    info@1800runaway.org (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
    Tell us what you think about your experience!
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

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    • #17
      Almost 17 and want to move out

      I'm almost 17 yrs old and I want to move out. My parents keep me like a prisoner in my own home. I have no access to internet or a phone so I sit and my room that I share with my grandmother and write. My mom screams at me and says I've got an attitude because I'm in my room. My dad is an alcoholic and is always drunk, both parents just sleep away most of the day. My mom curses at me and throws stuff at me all the time. I can never do anything right. My best friends mom has told me that she would take me in as long as it's done legally because neither of us want to get into trouble. When I was younger my grandfather sexual abused me and I told my parents and they didn't do anything about it, social services were called to the house a few years ago as well, the police were called too because she was trying to fight me. She takes pills that aren't hers too. She is very racist and doesn't ever like anyone I try to be friends with. I've told my parents I want to move out but they told me that they will never allow that to happen. My mom also took RX medication away from me that I was on for anxiety and depression and just laughed as I went through withdrawals from being taken off of it to quickly. I don't know what to do. I was spending almost every day at my friends house but now I'm barely even allowed to stay the night one night a weekend. I'm miserable and if I don't get out of here soon I'm going to lose my mind. Please tell me what I can do. I know I can call and ask the PD what they will do if a 17 yr old leaves home without permission

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      • #18
        re: Almost 17 and I want to move out

        Hi,

        18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. If you are contemplating running away and you are already aware of the consequences, then you would need to make a decision for yourself whether or not you should go through with it. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

        NRS
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat which is open every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST and can be accessed here:

        National Runaway Safeline
        info@1800runaway.org (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

        https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRSOnlineServicesSurvey

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