Did you see the cool feature on loveisrespect over at DatingAdvice.com? Here’s a quick excerpt:
Users always come first at loveisrespect, and the dedicated team does that by:
- Creating tools that encourage healthy dating attitudes and relationships
- Providing an environment where young people feel safe to express themselves
- Ensuring privacy both online and offline
Besides around-the-clock help via chat, phone or text, loveisrespect also has a popular blog that’s filled with posts that are generated by teens’ needs, including tips on how to communicate, negotiate, recognize the signs of abuse and more.
Another great thing about loveisrespect is its advocates, including Mikaela, who’s been with the organization for almost two years and is part of the digital services team.
From giving advice to those who’ve just started dating to listening to those who are concerned about the state of their current relationship, Mikaela and her colleagues work hard to provide support and promote healthy behaviors.
“You have to be ready to meet them where they’re at, assess their needs and feelings, and determine how you can best help them in that moment,” she said. “Abuse is something that no one should ever have to experience, so if I can be a part of someone building the relationship foundation that they need to prevent becoming a survivor or perpetrator of abuse, that is an incredibly satisfying feeling.”