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Tools for Teens
- More and more teens are developing relationships online. Here are some tips for keeping online relationships healthy!
- Consent is important – even if you’re Madonna.
- An abusive partner’s apologies and excuses might keep you locked in an abusive relationship, but remember: there is no excuse for abuse.
- How do you build mutual trust in a healthy relationship?
- You might have noticed that this month’s RespecText looks a little different. Well, we thought it was time for some spring cleaning, and now www.loveisrespect.org has a new design! You’ll find the same great info in a cleaner, easier-to-use, responsive format. Watch the short demo video for an overview of what’s changed, and let us know what you think of the site.
- Not long after naming us one of 2014’s top Teen Dating Blogs, DatingAdvice.com put together a great feature about loveisrespect. Check it out!
- WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were recently arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct owing to an alleged domestic violence incident. This incident sheds more light on the fact that domestic violence can occur in any relationship, but abuse in LGBTQ relationships is severely underreported.
April has been Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and it’s a good reminder to have conversations about healthy consent and sexual coercion. Consent is always mandatory in any relationship, but it doesn’t need to be awkward and scary! As an organization that promotes healthy relationships to young people, we believe consent can be positive and fun. Instead of focusing solely on “no means no,” we believe in expanding consent to include an enthusiastic “yes means yes!” While “no” should always be honored in a relationship, communicating openly about what each partner does want helps foster a sense of equality and respect. No one should ever be pressured, guilted or forced into doing anything they’re not comfortable with, which is why setting boundaries and respecting them is so important. Use SAAM as an opportunity to discuss these topics with the young people in your life, or encourage them to call, chat or text with a loveisrespect peer advocate if they have questions!
The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for those in crisis (note: this is not a substitute for 9-1-1 or emergency services). Their trained crisis counselors practice active listening to help people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding them to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. This can be a great resource for anyone who is experiencing a crisis moment and needs a listening ear, support and help focusing on next steps. Just text “START” to 741-741 to connect to the Crisis Text Line.
Got questions about dating abuse or healthy relationships? Our advocates are here 24/7! Call, chat or text any time. Don’t forget, we also host a TA chat for parents and educators on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central. Our next chat will be Wednesday, May 6th. Go to this page to join in!