A youth who runs away faces a number of hazards. Some of the hazards that the person faces depends on the personal demons that are present.


Physical risks:

(1) sexual abuse and exploitation

(2) physical abuse


Health hazards:

(1) mental health issues with a lack of mental health resources

(2) malnutrition

(3) lack of health care

(4) sexually-transmitted diseases (STD)

(5) complications of drug and alcohol abuse

(6) environmental exposure


Other hazards:

(1) become a criminal

(2) cycle of poverty associated with a lack of education


The person may be able to survive if the person:

(1) can find some sort of well-run shelter

(2) can find a job

(3) can stay with friends or develop a healthy social network


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