Years ago I had this child (of 14) stay in my house and one late night she left this letter under my door and was gone before I awoke....
I'm sorry I was not truthful with you. I can't explain my reasons why I do the things I do. It has nothing to do with you or anybody I know. I'm putting everyone here at risk. I just feel like I need to run. My mom turned her back on me when I needed her most. I know there are people here for me in life, but not the one main person I need most. You have been so great to me. God knows where I would be without you. You have been nothing but good to me and I just keep fucking up. I will understand if you need to kick me out. Cause I can't stop having sex. It makes me feel wanted, I know that sounds dumb cause of the people I choose to have sex with. But it is true. I can't save myself from it. It's not what I want (but it's what every guy in my life wants). I'm scared to loose anybody. I want to be happy so bad! I wish I could take back everything that has happened to me, but I can't! I just learn to forget! Forgive! I wanted to say I'm sorry and you have helped me. You have made a big difference in my life. Please don't think you didn't help me? You can only do so much. Don't get discouraged. I love you with all my heart! Sorry, I have to get out!!!!
Life is not always pretty and the words are not ones we want to hear from a child. But, sometimes no matter how hard we try some of these kids would rather sleep on a park bench downtown (or under a bridge) than get close to someone. Because if they get close and actually love someone....that person could hurt them.....So, I believe that instead of locking these kids up and punishing these kids for running away...we need to give them a safe house that they can run to. I received this letter years ago...it opened my eyes to what it is like to look through a child's eyes who has been hurt so bad that being used as a prostitute is safer than living with a family.... I want to let you all know that we are having a fundraiser Oct. 3rd. All of the money will go the Unseen Child Foundation. This Foundation is for the kids on the streets, in the prisons, and to build new shelters...SAFER SHELTERS!! We have not met our goal yet and are asking for sponsors, donations or just anyone who can purchase books so that I can hand them to these kids. We need to give these children hope in life!!! I know my posts are long...but, there is just not enough words to tell you how much I care for these kids and how much they need help!!! You can go to my site www.unseenchild.com and make a donation and I will make sure you receive a receipt and a tax id number. Thanks so much for joining this cause!!!
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