Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Healthy Teen Dating

Healthy dating relationships should start with the same things that healthy friendships start with: good communication, honesty, respect and trust. Dating relationships are a little different because they may include physical ways of showing you care, like hugging, kissing, or holding hands. You may find yourself wanting to spend all of your time with your crush, but it is important to spend some time apart, too. This will let you have a healthy relationship with your crush and with your friends and family at the same time.  Healthy relationships make you feel good about who YOU are and SAFE with the other person. Feel good about yourself and get to know what makes you happy. The more you love yourself, the easier it will be to find healthy relationships.

Types of Abuse
·         Physical: Any forceful act that harms a person’s body.
·         Sexual: To make another person do an unwanted sexual act by force or threat.
·         Verbal & Emotional:  Anything said or done that causes fear, lower self-esteem or                                manipulates you to control your behavior.

Cycles of Abuse
·         Tension building: growing tension and anger-like a time bomb.
·         Explosion: violence, sexual assault, physical abuse.
·         Honeymoon: abuser seems sorry, promise to never let it happen again, offers gifts.

Love is NOT Abuse 

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