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    Hello​. I'm 15 and I don't know how much longer I can last here.My older sister is abusive and my mom gets mad at me if I defend myself. My mom never listens to the back story and she invalidates my emotions. She makes fun of me for cutting myself and wanting to die and I don't know how much time I have left before I finally kill myself. I want to run away to my former step dad's place and I have about $84 saved up to get away (I know it's nothing). I feel like I'm living with strangers. The only reason I'm alive is because my boyfriend and my step dad.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Hi there,

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your mom’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 mom. 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

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    Guest replied
    I'm 14 and everything at my house is going crazy, I ran away once and my gaurdian said she dont care if I do it again. what should i do? I dont know where to go but my friends mother said she wouldnt mind if i come over

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  • ccsmod0
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    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.
    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

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    I'm 15 , want to run away but to somewhere that is safe , I'm from UK , it has nothing to do with my parents or anyway I have been treated I just feel severely depressed because of my school life which is why I dropped out and don't know what to do.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi, thank you for your message. It sounds like you aren’t able to be yourself around your family, which can be exhausting and frustrating. We aren’t certain what you mean by being yourself, but it could be a possibility to talk with your family about how you’ve been feeling and discuss how they can make you feel more supported in your identity. You mention that you feel like running away and have enough funds to get from Michigan to Houston. It’s great that you’re thinking about your options and planning. If you are serious about leaving, your safety is our top priority. You might want to consider the following:

    1) Where you’ll get money—it’s awesome that you have saved up funds to get to Houston. You may also want to consider the money that you would need for food, housing, medicine, and things you need to survive.
    2) Who you’ll stay with—friend, family, emergency shelter, and what you would do if your living situation didn’t work out
    3) What you’d do in a dangerous situation—running away could put you at a higher risk of being sexually or physically assaulted and it’s important to think of a safety plan

    If you have further questions or want to speak more specifically about your situation, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929. Stay strong and stay safe!

    NRS

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    I'm 15 and feel like running away I do have a loving and catering family but I just to be my self and I have the money to get from Michigan to houston and have a friends house but I just want to be myself and live my life as me

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. You do not deserve to be mentally abused, that is unacceptable. If you would like to make an abuse report you could call The Child help hotline at 1800-422-4453. We know that sometimes making reports can be scary if you would like our help you can always give us a call.
    You mentioned wanting to leave and what could happen, we are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. If you were to leave home without permission you could be considered as a runaway. If the police found you they would most likely bring you home. Also whoever you would be staying with could potentially be in trouble for “harboring a runaway. If you ever feel like you are in danger please call 911.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore your options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    I am 15 and thinking about running away because I feel mentally abused by my stepmother. I have a place to stay and get a job. If I am found what would happen

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  • ccsmod9
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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.
    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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    im 15 and want to run away can I

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  • ccsmod9
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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. You wouldn’t be charged for any serious crimes but you might face court dates and community service if your parents are on board with providing a punishment for you. You could try shelters which we can provide if you are interested.
    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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    I am A 15-year-old planning to run away from home. Is there anywhere I can stay without getting a friend or girlfriend into trouble. My parents need a serious wake-up call to understanding that Im really not all that bad and how bad it could be what do I do... and would I get charged with anything for running away from home?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Thanks so much for reaching out to us at NRS. It sounds like you’re feeling frustrated with your mom, and it’s understandable that you’d want some privacy and space right now.

    We’re not legal experts, but in most states, running away is not a crime; it’s just a status offense. That means that if you leave home without your guardians’ permission and they file a runaway report with the police, the police would just bring you home. However, many jurisdictions have laws against “harboring a runaway”, so if you stay with anyone over 18, there could be legal consequences for them.

    Have you tried talking to your mom about how you’re feeling, or asking her to give you permission to stay with a friend for a few days so you both can have some space? Sometimes it can be helpful to write out your thoughts in a letter, or asking a relative or counselor/therapist to help you talk to her so that the discussion stays calm and productive. At NRS, we offer a free conference call service where a volunteer stays on the line and mediates a conversation with parents. If you’d like to talk more about it or give it a try, our number is 1-800-786-2929 and we’re here for you 24/7.

    Best of luck,

    NRS

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    Hello NRS,
    I am a 15 year old male and my mother has gone totally crazy throwing stuff of mine out and even snapping my phone in half. What are the consequences of if I were to go stay at a friends house for like a week or so and then come home? If the police located me what would the possible consequences of me running away cause? Would i be forced to move off of the property?

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