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DATING 101 TYPES OF ABUSE

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SEXUAL

Being forced to commit sexual acts against your will is sexual abuse. In an intimate relationship this type of abuse may not always be obvious. Sexual abuse myths support the idea that some people deserve, desire, or benefit from this form of abuse. A survey conducted by Liz Claiborne indicates that almost one-third of girls who have been in a relationship (29%) said they've been pressured to have sex or to engage in sexual acts when they didn't want to do so. Anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse and being in a relationship does not automatically mean there is consent. It is important for people to always check in with their partners and ask for their consent before any act.

YOUR BF/GF IS SEXUALLY ABUSING YOU IF HE/SHE DOES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Puts down girls in general
  • Makes crude jokes about girls body parts
  • Thinks it’s okay to call girls humiliating names
  • Makes fun of you because you don’t want to be sexually active
  • Unfavorably compares you to others
  • Tells you that you cant do something because of your gender
  • Makes fun of your gender
  • Ignores your boundaries
  • Flirts with others
  • Cheats
  • Unwanted grabs or touches
  • Uses sexual put-downs
  • Catcalls or ogles others
  • Pressures, manipulates, or forces you to do sexual acts (anything from kissing to intercourse)
  • Date rape

Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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