All that you can do is to tell the truth and report abuse. This is a legal website. There is not always a legal solution to a problem. Sometimes, you have to be creative. There are so many other resources for abused children, etc. Use your intelligence to get in contact with the right resource to match your needs. Good luck.
Bill Rosenfelt 407-462-8787 (Orlando/Longwood/Central Florida)
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File a report with DCF by calling the hotline? Speak to a teacher or counselor at school? There are other options out there.
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Try talking to a counselor at school or your school resource officer. These individuals are there to help you.
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To report child abuse, you can call this hotline: Call 1-800-962-2873. Press 1 to report suspected abuse, neglect or abandonment of a child. (http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline/howtoreport).
Also, speak to your teachers and/or counselors at school, who are mandatory reports.
Usually, once a child report is submitted, the next step is an investigation by DCF Child protective Investigator (CPI). The CPI will file a report and determine what needs to be done.
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I agree with my colleagues. You do not have to wait for someone else to call DCF on your behalf, a child can call. Call (800)96-ABUSE and a DCF investigator can come to your home to see what is going on.
Call DCF immediately in your area. Also tell your high school counselor and principal. They have a duty to report any abuse to the authorities. If you know the school resource officer tell them as well that you are in fear for your life. Do not take no for an answer. Is there any other family you can go live with? A friends parents?
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