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Teenage Runaways

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Erica Whelan

on 6 June 2013

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Definition Facts Facts Runaway: How many in America? 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 7 and 10 will run away at some point. a minor who has left the home of their legal guardian without permission and is considered to lack the capacity to live under his or her own accord the It's estimated that between 1.6-2.8 million youth run away or are sent away from home yearly. Presently, 1-3 million runaway and homeless kids are living on the streets. more Samantha Chapman, 17 Last seen on Feb. 5, 2013 in Belleville, IL Juan Hernandez, 14 Last seen on Feb. 5, 2013 in Chicago, IL Why? Top 10 reasons youth flee... 1. Kicked out
2. Sexual abuse
3. Violence
4. Alcohol/drugs
5. Verbal abuse 6. Neglect
7. Crime
8. Stress
9. School
10. Someone is gone Life the frightening truth... Streets on the Family & Youth Services Bureau
reports: · While homeless, runaways often exchange sex for food, clothing, shelter or protection · Every year, approximately 5,000 runaways/homeless youth die from assault, illness, drug overdose and suicide Danger While homeless, youth often suffer from poor hygiene, lack of sleep, high exposure to violence and a variety of medical problems. the 1/3 of runaways are lured into prostitution or pornography within 48 hours, increasing risk of STDs · Panhandling and stealing for survival become a way of life: 80% of those surveyed attempted or committed theft · Teens resort to selling drugs, 35% have used them · Suicide attempted by 26%, the majority of whom identify as LGBTQ youth 66% have trouble meeting basic needs away from home Help is Here. National Runaway
Switchboard call 1-800-RUNAWAY Mission: to help keep America's runaway, homeless & at-risk youth safe and off the streets · established in 1971 to fill a need for comprehensive crisis intervention for young people in Chicago Runaways by Erica Whelan Work Cited Kennon, Mike. "Runaway Statistics and Resouces." Runaway Statistics and Resouces. Kennon Transport, LLC, 2012.

Mishriki, Judy. "Runaway Lives." Runaway Lives. N.p., 2012.

"Runaways." COMEC. N.p., 2012.

"Running Away." KidsHealth. The Nemours Foundation, 2012. <http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/home_family/running_away.html>.

"Streetwork: Homeless Youth Facts." Safe Horizon. <http://www.safehorizon.org/index/what-we-do-2/helping-youth-14/streetwork-homeless-youth-facts-220.html?gclid=CKGugcft27MCFctcMgodFxkA6g>. Youth are usually running from something rather than to something. Other
Factors · divorce/separation · · birth of a new child · family financial issues · · unplanned pregnancy · · dropping/failing out of school · · mood/mental disorders · Alliah Wright, 16 Last seen on Feb. 7, 2013 in Chicago, IL. · 63% are females · · 37% are males ·
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