Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time

From a childhood of neglect, abuse, and forced prostitution, Carissa Phelps demonstrates remarkable resilience and determination to overcome her trauma. In her book, Runaway Girl, Carissa illustrates her journey to escape her situation, seek guidance, and pursue her passion. Now an attorney and motivational speaker, Carissa actively mentors young girls to realize their potential and self worth. CAST is a strong supporter of survivor-led advocacy efforts and is proud to share Carissa’s compelling story, which can be previewed on her website at

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