“When children run away from home or care, they are often running from something. Theirs are childhoods blighted by abuse, violence, family instability, and parental drug or alcohol misuse. For girls particularly, running away can be an attempt to escape sexual violence and abuse.”
It’s definitely something those who work with runaways should stop to consider. I have, in the past, met some kids who were homeless and living on the street, and frankly, where they were was better than where they came from. And yes, where they were, was freaking horrible.
That should tell you how bad it was where they came from.