November is national runaway month.

Homelessness is a growing problem and affects all of us. Homeless people can come from all walks of life. Some have good families that worry about them. Others may not. It is estimated that unaccompanied youth make up 50% of the homeless youth population and they are unsheltered. 66% of all homeless people live with no shelter at all and often in places that are not meant for human habitation. Poverty is the highest risks factor that leads to homelessness.

Homeless children, foster care system, refugees, and LGBTQ youth are the most likely victims of childhood sexual assault. It is estimated that 100,000 children are sexually exploited in the United States each year.

Children runaway from bad situations at home, foster homes and adoptive placements. Predators and even recruiters for cults, and sex traffickers wait outside bus stations, parks, malls, and other areas where runaways are likely to be found.

Most homeless people are men and a large number of them are under the age of 25. In January 2020, there were 580,466 people experiencing homelessness in America. Most were individuals (70%), and the rest were families with children. They lived in every state and territory, and they reflected the diversity of our country.

Lynn’s Warriors offers Five Easy Steps:

1. Daily communication with your child

2. Build trust so your child will come to you about anything, including sexual dialogue and pornography they may see online.

3. Don’t over-react. Instead engage, educate and empower your child against predators.

4. Know everything about online platforms that your children frequent including FB, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Gaming Apps.

5. A MUST: Use safety filters on your children’s phones, tablets, laptops, computers and all digital devices in your home.

National Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663

The Trevor Project: A leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Need help? 1-866-488-7386 (24/7)

Runaway Services:

Runaway Hotline (All Calls are Confidential) 800-231-6946

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