From the National Runaway Safeline: Megan's Story

A young woman sitting in an alley.

The National Runaway Safeline serves as the Family and Youth Services Bureau's federally mandated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. The Chicago organization offers a crisis hotline and online services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to youth at risk of running away, those who have run away or are homeless, and their families. Runaway Reality, a regular feature on the National Runaway Safeline's blog, highlights the stories of young people and families who contact the hotline. This month's installment is about Megan,* a 15-year-old caller worried she might be pregnant. Here's an excerpt:

Megan told Ron how far she had come since she’d run away a year ago. Back then, she skipped classes because her classmates always wanted to fight her. After Megan changed schools, she focused on her education. She was finally feeling like she had made serious progress in her life. Her goal was to go away to college. If she had a baby now, Megan felt it would ruin all of her plans.

Fifteen year old Megan called the National Runaway Safeline at 10 p.m. from Red Lodge, Montana. She wanted to run away from home because she might be pregnant. Megan was terrified of how her dad would react. She ran away once before and stayed with a close friend.  When she returned home, things were 10 times worse with her dad than before she left. Megan didn’t want to that to happen again. 

Read the rest of Megan’s story.

*Names and locations have been changed to respect anonymity.

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