Runaway Teenagers – Vulnerable Targets for Predators
Nearly every other day it seems Million Kids posts cases on the Facebook page about how runaway teenagers are targeted for sex trafficking or sextortion. It is truly heart-breaking.
This week we will have as our special guest, Lindsey Kahney, Prevention Specialist for the National Runaway Safeline. Together we will discuss the statistics revealing how often this is happening around the country. We will talk about why kids choose to runaway; some of the driving forces of conflict between teens and their families; and the impact of social media on the issue. Lindsey will share with us solutions for families who have had a child who chose to runaway from home and preventative ideas for families who have a child who may be at risk.
Lindsey Kahney – BIOGRAPHY
Lindsey Kahney has been with National Runaway Safeline for over 10 years. Joining the organization in 2007 as a call center supervisor, her focus was to provide solution focused crisis intervention for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families. She also assisted school officials and youth services personnel in developing options and finding resources for working with runaway and at-risk youth. She transitioned into the role of Prevention Specialist in 2014 where she now engages and connects with communities while promoting the evidence-based Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum. Lindsey brings a unique perspective from not only working directly with at-risk youth but also focusing on strategies to strengthen youth’s resilience so they are better able to cope with life’s issues as they arise.
National Runaway Safeline serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. NRS makes 250,000 connections to help and hope through its hotline, online and offline services. The 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline and 1800RUNAWAY.org online crisis services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year throughout the United States and its territories. In addition to our crisis intervention services, NRS’ evidence-based Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, in both English and Spanish, supports teachers and community leaders in their efforts to help youth develop resiliency and skills on how to cope with crisis situations and inform them about alternatives to running from home. Our mission is to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
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