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    Hey, so I am sixteen years old, and a pretty decent kid. I work hard in school and I even go to church and do sound for my church. However, my father, the only parental gaurdian I have at the moment, keeps taking church away and threatening to send me with other reletives because he cant handle me. He is at times verbally abusive and occasionally gets physically abusive. His girlfriend treats me like garbage and often compares me to her kids, which of course are perfect kids to her. Ive been thinking about running away for about four years now, and my father knows that. I would easily be able to leave, if i had not made some bad decisions in the past. A couple years ago I made the decision to send innapropriate images online, and regret it wholeheartedly, but my father holds that over my head. I turn seventeen in eleven days, and from my research i can tell that thats the age that he cant exactly do anything about my running away, but Im scared he will pull the pictures into it. Is there anyway I could be charged for that, three years after the fact?

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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); (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,
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