Romantic or sexual relationships are one way to connect and share with other people. They can make you very happy, but they can also be difficult. It’s important to remember that relationships can be unhealthy, or even unsafe. Knowing about what makes healthy relationships can help you decide if yours is good for you.
As part of a healthy relationship, you have the right to
be treated with kindness
be with your friends or family when you want to be
wear what you want to wear
feel safe and respected
go only as far as you want to go with touching, kissing, or doing anything sexual.
get pregnant when you want to be
speak up if you feel controlled, such as getting too many texts, phone calls, or posts about you on Facebook or other sites
Healthy and happy relationships make you feel better about yourself and your place in the world. Unhealthy relationships can make you feel unhappy and unsafe. If you are in an unhealthy relationship, you are not alone and you do deserve better.
People choose to end relationships for many reasons.
Your relationship may make you uncomfortable or unhappy.
You may not feel ready to be in a relationship.
You may have to end a good relationship because circumstances make the relationship too difficult — for example, if one person has to move far away from the other.
You are not safe. If you are planning to end your relationship because you are being abused, remember that it is best to have a safety plan. You can get more information and support from The National Domestic Violence Hotline:
www.thehotline.org or 1-800-799-7233.