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    Title says it all, really. She lives in Georgia and I live in the Northeast, so I can't do anything about it in person. She lives with her grandparents and they are openly emotionally abusive. They haven't been physical with her yet, but they threaten it and she's seen it spill over into physical abuse with other people in her life, so she knows they're capable of it. As we speak she's scared for her life (long story). She's scared to call the police or to have me call the police because she's afraid that her grandparents will take it out on her or take away her ability to contact me or anyone else. She also doesn't have the utmost confidence that small-town Georgia police will take her seriously (and honestly, neither do I.) She wants to run away, but it's almost midnight there now and she's scared to go out in the darkness (they live in a pretty rural area). Is there anything I can do?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-28-2017, 02:30 AM.

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    Reply: Scared for an internet friend in an abusive home

    Thank you for writing to us here at 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.
    It sounds like your friend is faced with a tough time right now and you’re would like to help in some way. Good for you. Showing support is one way of helping.
    She does not deserve to be abused. Their behavior is not her fault.

    There are laws to protect minors against abuse. If she would like to file an abuse report she may do so by contacting Child Help USA at: 1-800-422-4453
    NRS can also assist with filing a child abuse report and assist with trying to locate a safe emergency shelter.
    It’s great that you are offering your support and concern, especially since this time is probably quite difficult for them.

    We are here as support to help both you and your friend through this challenging time.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of.

    We can best help by phone or chat. 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).

    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.

    Take care,

    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
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