When he was younger, his stepdad would abuse him and throw him at the mother, and the mother would choke him until he was about to pass out. C’s mother is a regular substance abuser and disappears for days at a time and both of his parents do drugs — it is not a good situation at home.

“When I get there, it will be my first time in South Dakota… so technically I will be a new person there.” – C., 13

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