Runaway Teenager Essay

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Register to read the introduction… It is a sad reality that many teenagers experience sexual abuse at their homes. Experiencing sexual abuse/ rape is one of the worse and most traumatic experiences a woman can go through (“Rape”). Furthermore, what is even worse is having someone you confide in, someone who lives at your home break your trust and puts you through a traumatizing experience. When a person such as your father, brother, uncle, etcetera rapes you, you feel disgraced, the fact that a person who is supposed to take care of you and protect you is the one abusing you is the worst thing that an adolescent can experience. In order to escape from sexual abuse, adolescents tend to abandon their homes and run towards the streets. Once these teenagers leave home they find themselves forced to engage in activities such as survival sex in exchange for basic necessities (Finzel 1). Indeed, teenagers that have been sexually abused before running away are more prompt to engage in this type of life since they believe themselves to be unworthy and do not hold any value over their body. Statistics show that 17% of runaway adolescents have experienced abuse, what is worse is that there is nothing being done about this problem (Finzel 1). Sexual abuse is a serious problem in America and one that should be punished more severely since it is causing youth …show more content…
As a matter of fact, it has been noted that, “many youth run away, and in turn become homeless, due to problems in the home, including physical and sexual abuse…and parental neglect” (Finzel 1). Children that are having problems at home sometimes run away because they find that “it is easier to live on their own than to live in a critical home” (Lehman 1). Unfortunately, statistics show that once youth get on the streets their situations do not improve in the way they had hoped for. What is more, once they have left home these youth encounter various other problems in the streets. While these problems replace their home life problems they aren’t a solution, in fact in many cases they are even worse than the problems they were having at home. If home life conditions were improved teenagers would not be forced to do what they see as the only option. Instead they could stay at home in an environment where they feel safe and not have to experience what they do on the

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