KEVIN GOSDEN ON LEAVIN G HOME
“Anyone thinking of disappearing, I would say that you are not alone: I think perhaps most people at some point have just thought to themselves they could just chuck everything in and disappear to start over. It is a more common thought perhaps than we acknowledge. The facts are, if you’re under 18 and you go missing, you have a 45 per cent chance of being abused in some way, whether verbally, physically, sexually, or via means like drugs. A smaller percentage of those will also find themselves cold, hungry, lonely, without a place to sleep and extremely frightened and vulnerable. Another percentage will find themselves forced into prostitution and the like. If you are in a tough situation, no one is going to judge you for that. We all make bad calls at times.
The number for Missing People is
116000 and is available 24/ 7, or use the text service or online chat service. They’re free and they can help.”