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  • I am 15 and I am in a very bad place with my family and have been for many years, i continuously have felt scared and unsafe in my house and it’s time for me to get out of this situation so I can live a happy and healthy life.

    Where would be the best place for me to go where I am safe and stable. Please help me I need to feel safe and happy again.

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 commented
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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’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      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.

      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

  • I’m 15 almost 16 in April and live in Florida. There’s physical and emotional abuse at home . If I run away can I get into trouble. Im smart and I can take care of myself very well. I will give that to my parents. They taught me how to clean and take care of myself. I just want to make sure I won’t get sent back to that house. There’s countless days on where they’re angry and take it out on me. I just can’t take it anymore. Please help

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Hello,
      Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.
      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. No one deserves to be abused and they are not to blame for what might be happening. That being said. In regards to your concerns about running away and what consequences might occur. We are not legal experts and only can provide some general legal information when it comes to someone running away or someone assisting/aiding a person running away.
      Someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. 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 in detail 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 should ever be at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage them to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. To report any abuse contact Child help 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org

      This may be one way of being removed from an at risk situation and placed in a safe environment with a relative etc.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).


      Take care,
      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-11-2020, 08:55 AM.
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