We're closing out the final week of Teen DV Month, and we just want to say THANK YOU again to everyone who participated and helped raise awareness during February. We've loved having conversations about these important topics. But don't stop just because February is over! Teen dating violence is a problem all year round, so please keep talking, keep learning, and keep working to end dating abuse. Remember, we're here for you 24/7 if you ever need support.
This week's #LIRasks question was "How does pop culture affect the way people view healthy/unhealthy relationships?" Lots of people responded, and most agreed that pop culture tends to glamorize or romanticize unhealthy relationships. Unfortunately, this is often true; in our last blog post we put three popular songs and music videos to the Healthy Relationships test, and none of them passed. Have you put your favorite song or video to the test? Give it a try, and let us know the results on Twitter or Facebook!
Here are a few of the responses to our last #LIRasks question:
Great answers, everyone! You all rock!
This post was written by Mikaela, a loveisrespect advocate.
Here at loveisrespect, we’re all about building and nurturing healthy relationships, but unfortunately the media is not always on the same page. As much as we love ‘em, a lot of our favorite movies, songs, video games, etc. are failing miserably when it comes to depicting relationships in a realistic and healthy way. There’s a widespread misconception in media that drama = passion and possessiveness = caring, and while those ideas may look romantic on the big screen, in the real world they are anything but.
We were so excited last week when our partner, Mary Kay, confirmed Debby Ryan as their newest cause champion! She recently met with Kristin Campbell, our chief development officer, to learn more about loveisrespect’s online chat and text-for-help services. They also discussed the resources available through loveisrespect and talked about healthy relationships, power and control and how to help someone who may be experiencing abuse.