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Escaping Human Trafficking

How can I free myself from the world of sexual slavery and human trafficking? I'm caught in the middle of a truly horrible situation! Through a series of circumstances that I can't take time to describe, I've ended up under the control of a group of men who make their living by means of sexual exploitation. They hire me out for commercial sex acts and force me to work without pay. They've even threatened to hurt my parents if I run off or try to get away. What should I do?

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Trapped in an Incestuous Relationship with a Sibling

How do I put a stop to the sexual relationship in which I've become involved with one of my siblings? It's hard to explain how it came about. I have a feeling that it all began long before I was even aware of what was happening. Now that I'm fully conscious of it, I feel ugly, dirty, worthless, wretched, and used. I don't want this to continue, but I'm afraid to tell anyone. My parents have no idea what's been going on.

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Teen Seeking Help after Sexual Assault

I've just become a victim of rape. I desperately need help and don't know where to find it - what should I do now? So far, I haven't told my parents, and no one else knows. I'm ashamed to admit it to friends and family, and I'm afraid I'll only make a bad situation worse if I go to the police. Meanwhile, I feel so dirty, guilty, worthless, desperate, and scared that I can hardly think or make a move.

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Substance Abuse and Adolescent Suicide

What's the relationship between drugs, alcohol, and teen suicide? What should we do if we suspect that our child might be at risk for any of these behaviors?

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Christians and Military Service

Do you think I should join the army? My mom and dad are pacifists - they don't believe Christians should fight in wars or submit to military service. I'm not sure I agree, and I've been thinking of joining up. Of course, my mom and dad are firmly opposed to the idea. What should I do?

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Teens and Unfulfilled Sexual Desires

Why has God given teens such strong a sexual drive and no healthy, acceptable way to satisfy it? This just doesn't seem fair. In Bible times people got married at a younger age. As a result, it was normal to have sex and start raising kids before you reached the age of twenty. These days, much of society still frowns upon teenagers engaging in any kind of sexual activity. Why has God given us these feelings if we can't do anything about them?

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Sexually Involved Teen Sex Wants to Stop

How can I tell my boyfriend that I don't want to have sex with him anymore? We've been together for a long time and only recently became physically intimate. I realize now that I regret this decision. Can you help me?

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Teen Sees Nothing Wrong with Premarital Sex

What's the problem with having sexual intercourse before marriage? I'm an intelligent, responsible and mature high school student, and I can't see why having sex with someone I love is wrong. Most of the arguments I've heard against my position are religious in nature and I just don't buy them. What's your response to that?

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The Myth of "Safe Sex"

What's unsafe about "safe sex?" This message you communicate on this subject is the opposite of everything I've ever heard from my teachers at school and other responsible adults. What are your reasons for calling "safe sex" a myth?

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Dating and Things to Look For In the Opposite Sex

How can I find the right person to become involved with in a dating relationship? I'm a Christian high-schooler who is anxious to please God, but my past experiences with members of the opposite sex haven't been very positive. What can I do to avoid this in the future?

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My Dad Is Verbally Abusive

Can you help me deal with a dad who is a very angry and abusive person? He's never been physically violent, but he bad-mouths my mom, my sister, and me almost constantly. I'd move out if I was old enough, but I'm not. What can I do?

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Teen Wants to Help Mom Understand Changes in Their Relationship

How can I get my mother to realize that I'm not a kid anymore and that our relationship has changed? She and I have always been close, but it's different now that I'm a teenager. Some of it's my fault. I get moody, and I know that my behavior hurts her sometimes. I wish she could understand that I'm not trying to offend her or push her away. I'm just figuring things out and going through a lot of stuff in my own mind. What makes it harder is that I don't always understand why I act the way I do. Can you help me?

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Help for Victim of Cyber-Bullying

What can I do about kids texting intimidating messages to my cell phone and posting mean rumors about me on Facebook? At first I tried to ignore them, but the situation has gotten so bad that I don't want to show my face at school anymore. These people are destroying my life!

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Unmarried and Pregnant: Reasons to Consider Adoption

I'm eighteen, single, and pregnant, but I don't want to release my baby for adoption. Why should I? I could never give up my child to strangers who might turn out to be weird and abusive. Besides, my parents have already promised to help me (they don't approve of adoption anyway). I've even got a feeling that my boyfriend (the father) may change his ways and become more actively involved if I decide to keep the baby. When it comes right down to it, adoption sounds like a bad idea for a lot of reasons. In fact, I can't help feeling that even abortion would be a better choice. It would sure be easier. Can you convince me otherwise?

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Teen Girl Wants to Ask out Boy

What's the best way for a teen girl to ask a boy out on a date? How do you think I should go about it?

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Teen's Girlfriend Is Pregnant

Can you help me and my girlfriend figure out what to do now that she's pregnant? Neither one of us is old enough to take care of a child on our own. I've been raised in a Christian home, and I've always believed that abortion is out of the question, but right now it's hard to see any other way out of this mess.

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Choosing a College

Can you give me any advice about selecting a good college or university? I'm a junior in high school, and though I have made up my mind to continue my education after graduation, I haven't yet decided where I should go. I've been looking at a lot of websites and college catalogues, but there's so much to consider. I'm finding the decision process a little overwhelming.

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Teen Upset by Major Move

How can I get over the anger I feel about being forced to leave my school, my friends, and my entire life behind as a result of my family moving to a new city when my dad was transferred? My parents keep telling me to snap out of it, but I can't. In fact, there are days when I feel as if I don't want to go on living. Can you help me?

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Teen Thinking about Suicide

Can you give me one good reason why I should go on living my rotten life? My parents got divorced last year, and now my boyfriend wants to break up with me. School is a joke. My friends don't care. Things have been bad before, but never this bad. I keep thinking that I'd be better off dead - that maybe I should kill myself. Can you tell me why I shouldn't?

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Teen Questions about "Dungeons and Dragons"

What's so bad about "Dungeons and Dragons?" My friends and I really enjoy it. We've been at it for about a year and a half now. By this time our characters and storyline have become pretty involved and complex. My parents aren't happy about this. They complain that the game is taking up too much of my time. My mom even says that some Christian Web site calls it "evil" and "demonic." Personally, I find that hard to swallow. What do you think?

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What the Bible Says about "Swearing" and "Dirty Words"

What exactly is so bad about so-called "profanity?" My parents won't let me watch movies with "bad" language. I think their ideas are silly and old-fashioned. What they call "swearing" is just a part of life. My friends at school use four-letter words all the time and it doesn't bother me a bit. Those words can't hurt anybody, and they're nothing but old Anglo Saxon terms for normal bodily functions. They're only "dirty" because some people think they're "dirty." Besides, the Bible doesn't have anything to say against them. Yes, I know it tells us not to take God's name in vain, but that's a whole different issue. Don't you agree?

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Making Things Right with Someone You've Offended

As a Christian, do I always have to make things right with someone I've offended? In Matthew 5:23 and 24 Jesus tells us to mend broken relationships before turning to God in worship or prayer. This verse has been weighing on my mind these past few days. I did something that may have been hurtful to a person in my class at school. The problem is, I'm not really sure. I'm also afraid to ask because I don't know the individual very well. It's embarrassing, and I'm really feeling guilty. What should I do?

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Concerns About Adolescent Suicide

Why has teen suicide has become such a huge problem in recent years? Several young people in our community have taken their own lives over the past year and a half. What's causing this and how can the trend be reversed?

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Teen Has Suicidal Friend

One of my best friends at school has been talking about taking her own life. What should I do?

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