Together, youth, adults and the community can create a better world for all. When you shine the light of positive action, you can help everyone down the path to peace. Let’s get started!
What is a Healthy Relationship?
In a healthy relationship, there is respect, honesty and trust between both people. You might disagree or argue sometimes, but in healthy relationships you should be able to talk things out to solve problems.
Signs of a Health Relationship
- You and your partner have other interests besides each other.
- You feel that you could end the relationship if you are not happy.
- You respect each other’s opinions, even when they are different.
- You feel good and unafraid when you get together with your partner.
- You accept responsibility for your actions.
- You treat your partner with respect and expect respect in return.
- You understand that both partners have the right to say “no”, set limits, and have them respected.
- You communicate with each other clearly and honestly.
Our society gives mixed messages about relationships and the results can be felt in our schools and community. Consider these facts:
- Teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines. Both males and females are victims.
- One third of high school students in an average classroom experiences bullying in some way.
- 57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
- 45% of girls know a friend or peer who has been pressured into either intercourse or oral sex.
- Half of the reported date rapes occur among teenagers.
- Youth involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as those who date the opposite sex.
- Intimate partner violence [among youth] is associated with increased risk of substance use, eating disorders, high risk sexual behavior, pregnancy and suicide.
Many of these messages, however, are stereotypes that can be harmful and cause us to treat people differently because of how they look or act. This is called prejudice and discrimination.
Diversity among people makes life interesting, and accepting others as they are without judgement helps promote peace in your community.