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May 4th, 2013

Unhealthy Relationships – Recognize the Signs

Safe dating can be described as the practice of healthy, interdependent relationships between individuals. Many relationships, however, are not safe and can lead to real emotional and physical consequences for those individuals in the relationship and those around them. But how do we differentiate between what is “safe” and “unsafe” when it comes to dating? And if we see signs of unsafe dating, what can we do?

  • Drop in academic performance
  • Bite marks, bruises, scratches, or burn marks
  • Truancy
  • Quick and intense involvement in a relationship
  • Changes in mood; either depression or anxiety
  • Acting secretive or acting out
  • Sexually uninhibited or hyper-sexual behavior
  • Apologizing or justifying partner’s behavior, especially his/her temper
  • Rejection or isolation from friends or family
  • Not attending school activities
  • Discontinuing involvement with extra-curricular activities
  • Striving for perfection
  • Preoccupation with appearance
  • Looking uncomfortable or fearful around partner
  • Deferring to partner in mixed company
  • Wanting to control someone else’s decisions
  • Eating disorders or sudden weight loss
  • Personal possessions damaged, missing, or destroyed
  • A pattern of violent relationships
  • School suspension for fighting
  • Involvement with the police
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Diary entries or social media posts revealing reckless behavior
  • Individuals who are controlling of their partners are more likely to be physically aggressive

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parents

Navigating the adolescent years is one of the largest and toughest responsibilities we will face as parents. It is scary to see someone that you care about engage in harmful choices. We are here to help you to prevent your child from making damaging life choices.

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students

We're here to help you face and overcome potentially life-derailing challenges. Discover the many ways in which you can amplif(i) your voice in the name of making good decisions. We're here as an informative, inspirational resource as we share our personal stories. Join the movement by sharing your story and speaking up for yourself and the people you love who may be going through a hard time.

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educators

You are an educator, influential in the lives of the students and parents you serve. Creating a positive culture within your classroom starts and ends with you. We are here as a resource for your school to make sure every classroom environment is one that is conducive to positive learning and growth.

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