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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out. That sounds so hurtful that your dad is being verbally abusive, you so deserve to be treated with respect.

    We are not legal experts but we can answer your question generally. If you run and your dad reports you as a runaway, and you are found by police, you can try to let them know what is going on at home. However, if police do not see evidence that your home is unsafe, it is possible that they could return you home. If you are able to convince police that home is unsafe, they could work with child protective services or local youth shelters to help you get to a safe place.

    You do have the right to report emotional abuse to child protective services. Please keep in mind you by no means deserve any type of abuse, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share. Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made.

    We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org

    Be safe,

    NRS

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    Hi, I want to run away from my home in Virgina but stay in state, would i get it trouble with police?

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    My dad is abusive emotionally if I run away and when I get caught can I refuse to go back

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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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    I'm 15 years old and i want to runaway, i've been wanting to do this for a month or so, but my guardian doesn't let me stay at my friends to sleep at least, what would happen if i go to mexico and come back days later? i live close to the border and i have somewhere to stay in mexico.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. You shouldn't have to be cussed at or treated poorly. Everyone should be able to live somewhere where they feel happy, safe, and secure.
    It may be beneficial to see if your parents would be open to family counseling or see if a trusted friend or family member could mediate a conversation to help create a safe place to share your feelings. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    You mentioned that you feel like you would end up killing yourself. We care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Hotline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I’m 15 and I wanna leave home...it’s to the point that I’m not supported by my own family and get yelled at and cussed at on a regular basis and blamed for things I didn’t do. I get Calle stupid and ugly and retarded for no reason. All I wanna do is be happy and talk to my family about how I feel but when I do that they ignore me. It’s to the point where I wanna die bc of nun environment I get treated differently and it isn’t fair I feel like I’m not loved and I already go through a lot. I want to run away because I feel if I don’t then I would end up killing myself. I need help! What should I do?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: I have question

    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    Anyone found to be assisting or harboring someone that is a runaway may also find themselves at risk legally. Helping someone violate probation may also be an offense of the law. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police along with contact your son’s probation officer. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

    If you would like to talk more about your situation, 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 have question my son is 15 ran away he's on probation and his staying with ex brother law. Can I push charges on my ex brother in law for keep my son in his home?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 06-04-2019, 12:57 AM.

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  • ccsmod10
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    Thank you for telling us your story and reaching out. It can be difficult telling others what has happened to you. You have shown great strength dealing with what you have and asking for help. We want you to know that no one deserves to be called names and made to think that being assaulted was their fault. If you haven’t already, you could consider reporting the abuse you have experienced. If you want more information about abuse reporting or if you want to file a report, you could call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453. We’re also sorry to hear that you’ve thought about suicide in the past. Your life is very important. If you begin having those thoughts again and want to talk with someone anonymously, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. One resource that might work for you is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can reach them at 1-800-273-8255. They also have an internet chat function through their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

    You mentioned having PTSD, Dissociative Mood Disorder, Clinical Depression, General Anxiety, and ADD.. If you’re not currently getting mental health resources, it can be really helpful to get treatment As your mental health suffers, you have -limited ability to handle the other stressors in your life. You can contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to connect you to mental health resources at 1-800-950-6264 or NAMI.org You may also want to talk to your school because they should have a counselor for you.

    Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. We’re not legal experts here at NRS. Generally it’s not illegal to leave home, but your parents could file a runaway report, the police could get involved, and they could bring you home. The people you’re staying with could potentially get in trouble for having you stay there if your parents file a report. You could consider calling your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies. We also have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state.

    If you don’t feel safe and feel like you need to get away Nationalsafeplace.org provides a safe location for you to meet a staff member who can take you to a designated place where you can discuss all options about how to stay safe. You can text 44357 the word “safe,” and your location to find a safe location in your area. Once you arrive let someone who works there know you need help connecting with a staff member.

    One service we can offer is to conference call with your parents. This way you could have a conversation with your parents but you would not be alone. For example, it may be hard for you to explain to your dad how it makes you feel when he does nothing when your mom calls you names and why you want to leave. Sometimes those conversations go better in a conference call because we can advocate for you. If you want to reach us, you can chat with us anytime at 1800runaway.org or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We’re here 24/7, and we are ready to listen and help however we can.

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    I have recently had major issues with my family. I have asked to go to an inpatient hospital, and they laughed and told me I was not going. As someone who’s been hospitalized before for suicidal reasons, I was very upset. My mom constantly calls me a whore and tells me she doesn’t know why I still have friends. My dad does little to nothing and constantly gets angered. My mother told me getting raped was my fault, and I can’t take it anymore. I want to get away, and have friends that I can live with. Im 15, and I am scared that if I count as a runaway and get taken back home, my home life will be worse. There is no evidence of physical abuse, but there is emotional abuse; I don’t know if that would be enough to keep me out of the house. I have PTSD, Dissociative Mood Disorder, Clinical Depression, General Anxiety, and ADD. My illnesses make it harder to live here, and I don’t know if I’ll make it to 17 (when I can legally leave the house). Please help me.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you leave home at 15 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.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

    -NRS

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    i am 15 if i run away what will happen ?

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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. It seems like you are going through a difficult time right now. Ideally home is where you feel safe and should not have to be scared, which unfortunately does not seem like the case for you. If you are feeling scared due to abuse you can make an abuse report by contacting The Child Help Line at: 1800-422-4453. We know that making an abuse report can be scary and if you would like our help advocating for you please give us a call and we would be able to help with an abuse report. If you feel like your life is in danger please call 911, and a police officer will be able to help you.
    We are not legal experts but if you left home without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police did find you they most likely would bring you back home if they think it is safe for you to go back home. Your safety is our top concern so whatever your plan is we hope that you are safe. One option is to consider staying with a family member or a friend. Also sometimes talking to a school counselor about what is going on may help you.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support to you. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    I'm 14 and I'm really scared of my mum..ive wanted to run away for a long time and be free but I don't know if it will have consequences...

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