Your Love is Unique ... with Consent
a reminder that each relationship has it's individual traits, and everyone deserves to have their boundaries respected!
Header and saying above from https://www.breakthecycle.org/
February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month, so it’s important we talk about not only what teen dating violence is, but how people can get involved in prevention.
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PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2012
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS- Dating should never hurt!
- Are you afraid of your partner or afraid to break up? You should never be afraid of your partner! Dating should never hurt!
- Does your partner call you names, make you feel stupid or tell you that you cant do anything right? You should never be humiliated or cut down by your partner! Dating should never hurt!
- Does your partner tell you what you can and cannot do, or threaten you if you will not do something? You should always be able to make your own decisions and choices! Dating should never hurt!
- Does your partner make frequent promises to not do it again? Abuse should never happen in the first place! Dating should never hurt!
- Have you ever been shoved, grabbed, hit, pinched, or held down by your partner? The only kind of hands that should be put on you is LOVING hands! DATING SHOULD NEVER HURT!
- Talk to your partner, family member, a friend, counselor or someone else you can trust. Your abuser has more opportunity to control and abuse you if you remain isolated from friends and family.
- Get help from professionals. Your community has places you can seek help. Look for help at your doctor's office, rape crisis centers, youth organizations, spiritual centers and other similar places. Your always welcome to call and talk with Safe Passage staff, ask questions, talk about safety planning or find other resources available.
- Keep a log of the abuse. You may need it if you decide to take legal action.
- Avoid being alone with your abuser. Do not let the abuser into your home or car when you are alone.
- Tell people where you are going and when you are coming back and establish a regular time or place to contact someone so they will know to check on you if they do not hear from you as scheduled.
Bill of Rights:
I have the right...
I have the right...
- To be treated with respect always
- To my own body, thoughts, opinions and property
- To choose and keep my friends
- to change my mind- at any time
- To not be abused- physically, emotionally or sexually
- To leave a relationship
- To say NO
- To be treated as an equal
- To disagree
- To live without fear and confusion of my partner