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    I have been thinking about running away for quite some time now, but im trying to wrok everything out so i dont end up in more trouble than im already in. My mom is really abusive, both physically and mentally, and i have to get away before she kills me. Everything looks fine on the surface of my family, because my mom is the picture of innocence and love when anyone else is around. Because of this, i cant take any kind of action because it would go nowhere. I have scars, etc., but she put some stories out about me being suicidal, and everyone believed them. I have a few friends who know about this, and i usually end up sleeping at their house or on the streets most of the time so i can get away from my mom. since there is no way i can take any sort of legal action, i was wonodering what would happen if i did run away? i would need to go as far away as possible because she has threatened to trackme down if i try anything, but would i be arrested for running? im really at a loss as to whether or not it would be worth it, so any advice you can give would be appreciated.

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    Re: help, please

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Switchboard. I’m sorry to hear that you are going through such a rough time right now. It sounds like you are having a lot of problems with your mother, and it’s gotten to the point where you feel like running away is your best option.
    I know you mentioned that your mom has been physically and mentally abusing you. How long has this been going on for? You said that you don’t believe taking any legal action will help, have you ever contacted Child Protective Services about the abuse? You definitely don’t deserve to be abused in anyway, and you have every right to file a report if that’s something you want to do. Now it sounds like you’ve thought a bit about running away but you still have some unanswered questions. Have you thought about where you would go if you ran away? How would you survive? What do you think your mom would do if you left? What kind of action would she take? Running away isn’t against the law, it’s generally called a status offense and in most states if the police were to find you they wouldn’t take you to jail, they would just take you home. I don’t know what city/state you live in and we aren't lawyers here so I can’t say for sure what the consequences would be. If you would want to talk more in depth about your situation you can always give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are a completely confidential line and here 24 hours a day. You can call us anytime to talk, and we may be able to help you look at some of your options and if there are any resources or referrals that might be helpful. Good luck with everything and call us if you need to.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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      Re: help, please

      thanks for your reply. shes been abusive for about as long as i can remember, but its been getting worse lately. I have actually tried reporting her before, but since she seems like such a nice person when you meet her, and since she said that im suicidal and a cutter, nobody believes me. Everyone thinks that im just making it up to get attention, and that any injuries are self-inflicted(they most definitely arent). If i do run away, i would probably want to look into shelters and programs in other states, if thats possible. I know how i can get to almost anywhere without too much difficulty, and i have enough money saved up so that i would be able to sustain myself for at least a month or two while i work things out. If i do run away my mom will definitely come looking for me, she has said many times before that if i ever try anything she will hunt me down and kill me, but she would probably make up another story about me being a troubled teen who is "going down the wrong path" to tell the cops. I tried to call the hotline, but it was busy and i ran out of money(i have to use a payphone as she tracks all my cell and home phone calls) im going to try again as soon as i can, but thank you so much for your advice in the meantime.

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        Hello,

        We're glad that you were able to call. Sorry the phone lines were busy but you don't have to use any money to call us. We have a toll free number at 1800-RUNAWAY. Call us 24hrs without using up any of your money. Best of luck and we hope to hear from you soon.

        -NRS
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

        Tell us what you think about your experience!
        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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