You have options. No matter how bad your situation is, there is always someone to talk to. If you find yourself in a difficult situation and running away seems like the only alternative, first take the time to talk to someone you trust. Go over your options with a friend, a family member, a teacher or somebody else out there who you can confide in and who will help you find ways to deal with the problem and find the best solution.
Maybe you think your rights are not being respected. In that case, we recommend you check with one of the many resources available to you and confront the problem head on — even if it seems difficult to do. It will help you — and other teens that are in a similar situation.
There are circumstances, however, where staying put can be dangerous. If this is the case, getting out is the right thing to do. Focus on keeping yourself safe — even if that means leaving. But if that's what you have to do, don't do it alone — and don't head to the streets. That's not going to solve any of your problems.
It's extremely important to talk about what you are going through with a grown-up whom you trust. If you don't have someone at home you feel you can trust:
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