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National Safe Place Week Launches in Las Vegas to Help Prevent Teen Homelessness
Date:3/15/2010

LAS VEGAS, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, nearly three million youths run away from home, putting themselves at a high risk of drug addiction, prostitution, disease and mental illness.  In honor of National Safe Place Week, National Safe Place (NSP) is launching a week-long "Don't Get Boxed In: Text-4-Help: 69866" campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with teen homelessness and the services available in Las Vegas and across the country to youth in crisis.  

To view a short video illustrating the shocking statistics around teen homelessness, click http://www.youtube.com/user/nationalsafeplace.  

"There are a number of factors which lead youth to life on the streets; many involve physical and sexual abuse at home, neglect, parental drug or alcohol use, or lack of emotional and financial support from parents and families," said Kathleen Boutin, founder of The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), the local Safe Place affiliate. "By providing teens with access to resources, social services, and shelters, NPHY and National Safe Place are helping to prevent youths from experiencing the dismal realities of life on the stre
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