Very sad article about runaways

The New York Times has done a very good article about teen runaways and why they run and why they stay away and how they survive. It’s really sad — especially the statistic on page 3 that 75% of runaways are never even reported missing, either because the parents don’t want them around or because they’re afraid to get the police involved.

I read an excellent book by Todd Strasser, Can’t Get There from Here, about a group of teen runaways and throwaways living on the streets of a major American city — New York, I think. They ranged in age from 12 to 22. They lived lives a lot like what’s described in the newspaper article.

I think maybe if a runaway is from a good home and they don’t come back, maybe it’s because they’re ashamed. They might not want to go home after having done things like sell drugs or sell themselves to survive. They might be afraid their parents will be mad at them and will reject them.

3 thoughts on “Very sad article about runaways

  1. Brianna Brawley October 30, 2009 / 4:59 pm

    I ranaway at 14 b/c I didnt like my step father of step sister that I had to share my room with.There was other stuff but that was the main thing. I stayed gone 4 months b/c I didnt want to come and have them all rub it in my face and say I told you so!

  2. maureen November 1, 2009 / 5:11 pm

    In Ann rule’s book about the Green River Killer (“Green River, Running Red”, I think) there are many girls that have little personal information but their names. Having read a few of her books, this is not her usual approach. Rule is very victim-oriented, and wants the reader to know something of what is lost, and who is impacted, when a person is murdered. Pictures of the victims are if possible not from a booking into jail, but family pictures, snapshots of better times.
    But tellingly in GRRR, there are some women who have nothing but a booking photo to be remembered by. There is also a paragraph or two when the detectives have tracked down the families of missing women as they are trying to ascertain the scope of the losses. Without naming anyone, the detectives were often shocked at the conditions that a missing woman’s family lived in, but even more shocked that no-one seemed interested, no-one noticed or cared that she was gone. The person who reported her was usually her pimp, or another ‘girl’ from the street.
    Unbelievable that a child could be gone from your life, and not be missed or mourned.

    • Meaghan November 1, 2009 / 6:16 pm

      I have read the book myself — indeed had her autograph it for me.

      Part of the problem as far as giving out the victims’ info goes is that there were so many. Ann Rule could hardly devote several chapters to each of the 40+ victims.

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