A happy teen couple at a restaurantHealthy relationships

Good relationships are fun and make you feel good about yourself. The relationships that you make in your youth years will be a special part of your life and will teach you some of the most important lessons about who you are. Truly good relationships take time and energy to develop.

All relationships should be based on respect and honesty, and this is especially important when you decide to date someone.

Love should never hurt

Dating relationships can be wonderful! But while it’s important that dating partners care for each other, it’s just as important that you take care of yourself! About 8% of high school students say they have suffered violence from someone they date. This includes physical abuse where someone causes physical pain or injury to another person. This can involve hitting, slapping, or kicking.

Sexual abuse is also a type of violence and involves any kind of unwanted sexual advance. It can include everything from unwelcome sexual comments to kissing to intercourse. 6.9% of high school students reported having experienced sexual dating violence in 2017.

Abuse doesn’t always mean that someone hits or hurts your body. Emotional abuse is anything that harms your self-esteem or causes shame. This includes saying things that hurt your feelings, make you feel that you aren’t worthwhile, or trying to control who you see or where you go.

Remember, you deserve healthy, happy relationships. Abuse of any type is never okay. Learn more about abuse and how to stay safe.