The Teen Dating Bill of Rights
By Kristin Eubanks
Published: October 17, 2012
Dating can be a way for you to discover what you do and don’t like in a relationship. A lot of people begin dating in their late teen years, and like most things people are trying for the first time, there will be some trial and error involved when it comes to figuring out what kind of person you are and what you want in a partner.
Every person is a unique individual who carries his/her own set of pros and cons. Part of a relationship is willing to see through people’s flaws and recognize the special person they are. However, some things are still not okay.
It is important to remember that every person has the right to:
- Always be treated with respect.
- Be involved in a healthy relationship.
- Not be hurt physically, sexually or emotionally.
- Refuse sexual contact at any time.
- Have friends and activities separate from your boyfriend or girlfriend.
- End a relationship.
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