Avoiding Teenage Dating Abuse
Avoiding teenage dating abuse...the whole story.
You're not Supergirl You can't always prevent date rape, violence, and other teenage dating abuse, but there are ways to reduce your chances of getting in these situations. Set boundaries for you and your date It may be awkward, but setting sexual limits at the beginning of a relationship can prevent abuse down the road. It's your body, so it's your choice what to do with it. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Be independent and aware Dating is an equal opportunity activity. You have a say in what goes down too. Communicate issues like who's paying for what and how much time to spend together. Have opinions on where to go and pay your own way. Have your own transportation or money to call someone to pick you up. Be aware when you invite someone into your home or are invited into a date's home, which often leaves you vulnerable. If you're in a sticky situation The instant you feel uncomfortable, confront the person or leave. Trust your gut feeling. Be assertive. If you say stop and your date doesn't, get out of there. Don't worry about being polite. Also, be aware of drug and alcohol intake. Mind altering substances limit your ability to think straight and stick to your limits. Learn the "Dating Bill of Rights" to Avoid Teenage Dating Abuse You have the right: To ask for or refuse a date. To suggest activities and refuse activities no matter what your date says. To have your own feelings and express them. To refuse sex. To have friends and space separate from your partner. To say NO. To say YES. To control your own destiny. You have the responsibility : To determine your limits and values and respect the limits of others. To communicate clearly and honestly. To ask for help when you need it. To be considerate.
Remember: No matter what happens, teenage dating abuse is never your fault.
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