Making relationships REAL is part of growing up.
Hanging out, hooking up, talking, friends with benefits, open relationships, dating, going out.
Figuring out partner relationships is part of growing up. But do you know what a healthy relationship looks like?
There’s no magic handbook that helps us navigate the complexities of being in a relationship for the first time. And there can be a lot of conflicting information online and on social media. REAL Relationships is here to help equip teens, parents, teachers and community partners with the skills to recognize healthy vs unhealthy relationships.
REAL Relationships helps teens discover if their dating relationships are REAL: based on Respect, Equality, Acceptance, and Love.
REAL Relationships shows you the basics of healthy relationships in virtual sessions you can access on-demand, specifically tailored for:
- Youth/Students: See what you should expect from a dating partner and learn skills that will buffer you against unhealthy partners.
- Parents: Equip yourselves with knowledge and skills to talk to your children about their relationships.
- Teachers & Community Partners: Learn how to create a school and community culture that empowers youth to have healthy, safe relationships.
- Healthcare Professionals: Discover the critical connection between relationships and your health.
Do you recognize these teen dating red flags?
An intimate partner who acts in these ways may be an abuser:
- Constantly puts you down or makes you feel bad about yourself
- Isolates you from family and friends
- Controlling or tells you what to do
- Pressures you to do things you don’t want to
- Possessive and jealous
- Checks your phone/social media without permission
Being judged or controlled is NOT OK.
Victims of ARA are at higher risk of suicide, teen pregnancy, STDs, substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and more abusive violence.
Having safe and healthy relationships are critical to our health. And everyone with young people in their lives has a role to play in preventing violence.
Abuse doesn’t discriminate.
Adolescent relationship abuse can happen to anyone. You can be straight, queer, bi-, trans, or questioning. Dating violence can happen regardless of the gender identity, race, income, or religious beliefs of your partner. Together, we can make school a respectful place to talk about healthy and unhealthy relationships, for all types of partners.