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    I'm about to turn 19 and my girlfriend is 16. We live in West Virginia.we have been dating a year and my girlfriend has had problems with her parents every other day since I've met her. I've offered to break up so things could be better but She tells me she had problems before she even met me. Recently they've decided she can not see me at all or contact me in anyway. If she still chooses to contact me and I reply to her can I get in trouble? I'm really scared for her. I feel bad if I just leave her alone.

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    re: Can I get in trouble

    Hi

    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry the way things are going for you and your girlfriend. It sounds like your girlfriend has been experiencing problems. It seems that her parents do not want her to remain in contact with you. As far as legal trouble, it is hard to determine what type of legal trouble you could get into since we do not have a legal background. We have looked into the statutory rape laws for West Virginia and 16 is the age of consent. The only foreseeable trouble that may possibly exist is if there is a restraining order against you and you violate it. Talking shouldn't be an issue as long as you have not been ordered by the courts not to do so. We can provide you with legal aid referrals or you may contact your local nonemergency police hotline to be on the safe side.

    Here is a link to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's guide regarding statutory rape: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/sr/statelaws/summary.shtml.

    We hope the information provided helps. Remember if you have any additional questions or concerns, we can be reached on our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). Our hotline is confidential and anonymous. Also our live chat is available between 4:30pm and 11:30pm CST.

    Best Wishes
    ~NRS
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