About REAL Relationships
REAL Relationships feels youth have a lot to bring to the table! We seek to engage youth, both boys and girls, to make changes in their local communities (in Kent & Sussex Counties, Delaware, where this project is focused) and schools; to help us promote relationships that are full of respect, equality, acceptance, and love.
- Challenge existing social & gender norms
- Analyze and create media
- Learn skills to practice safe & healthy relationships
- Serve as mentors to their peers
- Speak out against violence in their communities and neighborhood
- Organize their own teen dating violence prevention activities
- No one should have to endure an abusive or unhealthy relationship
- Adults can learn a lot from youth, teens, and young adults
- Teen dating violence and intimate partner violence are preventable!
Is teen dating violence really a big deal?
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner 1
- 18% of Delaware middle and high school students report being physically abused by their boyfriend/girlfriend 2
- Girls between the ages of 16 and 24 report the highest rates of victimization by an intimate partner 1
- Victims of abusive relationships are at a higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, and risky sexual behaviors 1
- Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get an STI 1
1 Love is Respect (2013). Dating Abuse Statistics. Available from http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/dating-violence-statistics
2 Delaware School Survey (2008). Final Report. Available from http://www.udel.edu/cdas/index.html