If you fear for your safety, contact the proper authorities. You can go to the family court and speak with a clerk and see if you can legally emancipate yourself from your parents.
I am licensed to practice in Massachusetts. As such my answers should not be viewed as a legal advice.
If you have run away from home, you can be returned. No, your parents cannot legally use self-help to do it (grab you and drag you). But they can call the cops who can.
You have no rights to do as you want pre-18. Legally, you have to go get emancipated first. If not, and the authorities become involved, you could end up in foster care or most likely detention because you do not listen to authority. Not a great way to spend the rest of your year.
So try and talk it out with them. Explain what you want and why. See if they will agree to your emancipation so they are off the hook for you. Otherwise, you are in for some trouble. And even if they do drag you, odds are good the cops will side with them not you as long as you aren't too busted up. Worst case, you all go into the system and that will suck.
Sign up to receive a 5-part series of useful information and advice about child custody law.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline