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Everyone has the right to be in a relationship where they feel safe and are respected. The Dating Bill of Rights lists the rights you have when you are in a relationship.
Dating Bill of Rights
I have the right:
- To be myself without changing to suit others.
- To refuse a date without feeling guilty.
- To an equal relationship with my partner.
- To start a relationship slowly and to say, "I want to know you better before I become involved."
- To say "no" if I do not want physical closeness.
- To change a relationship when my feelings change. I can say, "We used to be close, but I want something else now."
- Not to blame or change myself in order to keep a relationship going, if I am told a relationship is changing.
- Not to dominate or to be dominated.
- To act one way with one person and a different way with someone else.
- To change my goals whenever I want to.
I do not have to:
- Act macho.
- Act sexy.
- Feel rejected or inadequate if I ask for a date and the answer is no.
I pledge to:
- Always treat my boyfriend/girlfriend with respect.
- Never hut them emotionally, physically or verbally.
- Accept responsibility for myself and my own actions.
- Respect my boyfriend/girlfriend's decisions concerning sex and affection.
- Not to be controlling or manipulative in my relationship.
If you do not feel safe in your relationship or you are worried about a friend, check out the Teen Safety Plan or Teen Dating Violence School Policy.