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    My parents give me everything, "all of what I need and some of what I want". I'm very grateful for that. I'm loved and I'm cared for, I'm not starving, my parents arent beating me, they dont fight often, some would say I have a good life. But it comes to a political stance and we arent on the same side (I honestly don't want to talk about it a lot but we have differing views). I'm not out to my parents and they already hate everything "liberal" my dad is a hard conservative and my mom just sides with him. My sister and I lean more Republican and I support and are apart of the lgbtq+ community. My dad is very moloch hateful of anything that leans that way and even think some people who are "liberal" should die... yea. My parents care for us, but they never really get us emotionally. I used to hurt myself, I didn't anymore, but one day after years, I finally broke down and told them and the first thing they said was "you'll get over it, it's just hormones." I told them I wanted to die and that I had been suffering for years, they knew and all they told me was that I shouldn't do it anymore. I survive in my house and I love my parents but they dont give a lick about my opinion or my feelings. The only reason I stay is because I'm scared of ruining my future. That I might not get a good job if I dont go to college and finish school. But this is all so draining, I've been living like this since I was young and I dont know how much longer I can take. I just want out. I'm only 15 though and I live in Florida, and I dont want to go to juvie or to jail, or go back. I just want to find my own way, I dont want to wait another 3 years of this nightmare.

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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.
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