Runaway Prevention Comes To The Forefront After Teen Runs From Home

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, April 29 2013 at 5:58 PM, Updated: Mon, April 29 2013 at 6:35 PM

A Grants Pass teen who ran away from home late last week was found safe sunday afternoon.

She is one of between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth who will run away this year.

From a bad home environment to a victim of bullying, there are many reasons that youth decide to runaway.

But there is one big key to help preventing a child from leaving home.

Rauschert's mother says her daughter was a victim of bullying, something both the family and her school were trying to resolve.

According to Ryan Marrs from 'Hearts with a Mission' the reasons youth run away differs on a case by case basis.

However, Marrs says runaway prevention all comes down to one key element, communication.

'Hearts with a Mission' is one organization that opens their doors to youth who feel they need an escape, offering counseling sessions to help them find their way back to their families.

As for Sasha and her mom continue working with her school and on their communication, so that sasha doesn't feel the need to run away from her problems.

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in this day in age, technology can also have a big impact on helping bring a child back home.

for example, we posted sasha's picture onto our facebook page saturday afternoon and our insight data tells us her picture has been viewed by more than 57-thousand facebook users.

What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page and on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

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Kyle Aevermann

Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

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