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  • ccsmod3
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    Hey there. Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that it can be tough seeing a friend in a difficult situation, and we're glad that you reached out to learn some additional ways that you might be able to support her.

    It sounds like things at home for your friend have been pretty challenging, particularly with her dad. While we can't tell you if the way she's being treated is because of ethnicity or skin color (we just don't have enough information to make that sort of call), she still doesn't deserve to be treated like that. One thing that might be worth mentioning to her for her to consider is filing an abuse report with Child Protective Services (CPS). Their job is to ensure that children are safe in their homes, and if you're not, to decide what steps should be taken in order to make sure that they are. If this is something that she might be interested in doing, she can file a report on her own, by contacting us here at NRS for support, or by telling a safe person of the abuse (like a teacher, school counselor, therapist, etc.). Each person that I've listed is considered a Mandated Reporter and has a legal obligation to contact CPS when there are any suspicions or indications of abuse. If either of you have any questions about filing a report, what it entails, or would like to learn more about child abuse in general, Childhelp is another great resource to utilize. They're a child abuse hotline and can be reached by texting or calling 1-800-422-4453, or by chatting with them live at www.childhelp.org.

    Another resource that might be helpful to your friend is Polaris, which is an organization that works to end human trafficking and exploitation. Because you mentioned that she is being made to do work and not receiving any money from it, it sounds like she might be experiencing a form of labor trafficking or exploitation. She can connect with Polaris by calling 888-373-7888, texting BEFREE to 233733, or by chatting with them live through their website at www.polarisproject.org.

    If you want to chat more about how you can help, or think that she would benefit from talking with someone at the National Runaway Safeline, please feel free to reach out to us directly (or pass along our info) by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or by chatting with us live through our website at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

    You're a good friend.

    NRS

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    hello, i have a friend she is 15, her dad is very abusive and always yells at her and he hits her for the dumbest reasons. if she gets 1% lower in her exams than the previous one, he hits her and yells at her. he forces her to take some subjects in school for example, she was forced to take honours classes, and she is very stressed and doesnt have that much time to do anything else. and her dad always takes to his side jobs, makes her do the work and he gets the money for it, he is using her to get what he wants. and they never listen to her, is it because of her skin color? or is it because she is mexican is that why he is treating her differently?
    please let me know

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  • ccsmod15
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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. 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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I am 12 years old and I want to runaway. Im not abused physically nor verbally its just that my parents put pressure on me because of my modules. We dont have a bond and all so I think it's easy for me to let go of them. Im just worried about my future. I made a promise to myself that when I become an adult I'll pay them for the things that they done to me but never take care of them. For now, I'm using them to secure my future. The reason why I'm alive to this day aswell. What should I do because they're getting at my nerve now.

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  • ccsmod0
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    You can share the following information with your boyfriend

    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.

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    Hello, my current bf is 14 and he is in an abusive household. He wants to runaway to an orphanage and even change states but he doesn’t have his phone or any devices because of his mom. I want to help him but I’m not to sure on advice to give, of anyone here can help me out I would highly appreciate it

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi, Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like things aren't really bad at home, but you are going through some things that are making it hard. It's understandable to want to leave problems behind, but the hardest part about running away is having a place to go.
    We hope that you will reach out to us so that we can talk this over as that is the best way for us to be of help. You can reach us either by phone at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY) or through this website and the live chat option on the homepage.
    We really are here to listen and help.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hello, I am 15 and I am really thinking about running away even though my life at home isnt that bad I just can't take it anymore I need help on where I can go

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  • ccsmod15
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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 sounds like you are very worried about your brother when he gets angry. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. 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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    ive wanted to runaway for some time now because their are times when my brother gets extremely angry and tries to hurt me and put me down and while they might be my family i just dont think of them as family, to me my family has basically always been my friends

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  • ccsmod13
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    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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you are not feeling supported. Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 13 and I want to run away from my family without letting them know and I dont want to be in this family anymore

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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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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
    Hi,
    I’m currently 14 turning 15 in less than 2 months, I’m not liking how I’m living life right now with my parents separated and their different partners and how I get involved in all their problems. Don’t get me wrong my parents are great but I’ve had enough of everything and not doing what I feel will help me. I’m currently living with my mom, her bf, my brother, big sister, little niece, and little nephew. My sister has decided that she’ll be moving out next year or this year if she can and I’m afraid of staying with my parents and bare all of this alone.. I really want to runaway and just be on my own. I have $350 saved right now but I’m sure that won’t keep me alive forever. I want to go to an orphanage out of town since they don’t have any here, I’d like to help an orphanage take care of the kids in them. I just want to do whats best for me and my mental health but I’m afraid.

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  • ccsmod15
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    First of all, thank you so much for reaching out to us today. We know it can sometimes be scary and difficult to reach out for help. It takes a lot of courage. It sounds like you’re unhappy with the way your parents are treating you. You do not deserve to be treated with disrespect.

    You mention you are scared for your life. Your safety is our biggest priority here at NRS. If you feel like you are unsafe in your house because of your parents, one option is reaching out to Child Protective Services for them to open an investigation. If you want to chat or call us, we can also help you reach out to them.

    In terms of leaving your house, it is not illegal to run away. However, if you do runaway, your parents could file a runaway report and the police could potentially go looking for you and try to bring you home. If you do decide to do that, you can reach out to us and we can provide some resources for you such as youth shelters in your area.

    Lastly, you are welcome to contact us through chat at 1800runaway.com or call at 1-800-RUNAWAY anytime. We are available 24/7 and would be happy to talk through your situation more in depth and offer resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Best of luck and stay strong,
    NRS
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