Please note: Entries within this blog may contain reference to instances of domestic abuse, dating abuse, sexual assault, abuse or harassment. At all times, Break the Cycle encourages readers to take whatever precautions necessary to protect themselves emotionally and psychologically.  If you would like to speak with an advocate, please contact a 24/7 peer advocate at 866-331-9474  or text "loveis" to 22522.

Dating Violence Blog

February 21, 2017
two boys in the park talking in winter
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and more. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships. It seems that up until recent years, not a lot of attention has been paid to the role of males in... Read More
February 15, 2017
couple holding each other on the beach
There a lot of misconceptions about what boundaries are and do for relationships. We may feel that boundaries are unnecessary because our partner is supposed to already know and act on our needs and wants, or that they ruin the relationship or interfere with the spice. In reality, all healthy... Read More
February 08, 2017
Dear Old Friend,    It’s been a long time and yet I realized something recently. I never really thanked you. Sure, we thanked each other for the little things, birthdays and Christmases. We had a lot of fun. We fought a lot. We did our best to figure out what direction to go, and, I... Read More
February 01, 2017
holding hands
I was a junior in high school when I met him.  You know the guy that turns your head and makes you almost want to drool.  Yeah, that’s right.  Not only was he a senior, one year ahead of me, but he was also a football player, popular with all the girls AND he liked me!  Perhaps... Read More
February 01, 2017
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and more. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships. *all names have been changed “Is this what you want for the rest of your life- to live this... Read More
January 14, 2017
This year for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we wanted to do something special for our community of activists and our young people. In November, we hosted a design contest exclusively for our national youth movement, Let's Be Real (LBR), to create a t-shirt for teen DV month that answered... Read More
December 30, 2016
2016 Year in Review
Break the Cycle started out 2016 with a resolution to engage youth like we never have before. This year you, our amazing supporters, donors, volunteers, board members, and partners, helped us do just that. We’d like to specifically thank some of our biggest partners and funders: Verizon, Mary Kay,... Read More
November 30, 2016
boy and girl kissing
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and more. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships.   I never could have imagined I would be juggling time between school, counseling, and... Read More
November 28, 2016
In this week of Thanksgiving, we should all reflect on the goodness in our lives. I am struck by - and very thankful for - the tenacity of young people.  Young people across the country have a vision of what they want which is a world free from violence, hate, and fear.  They are my... Read More
November 28, 2016
In this week of Thanksgiving, we should all reflect on the goodness in our lives. I am struck by - and very thankful for - the tenacity of young people.  Young people across the country have a vision of what they want which is a world free from violence, hate, and fear.  They are my... Read More
October 21, 2016
Passion + Advocacy = Change
Love Is Not Abuse Ambassador, Natasha Johnson, talks about using her talents to raise awareness and make change with her passion: pageantry.    As a Love Is Not Abuse (LINA) Ambassador and reining Ms. Woman North Carolina, I know a thing or two about fusing my passions together to... Read More
October 13, 2016
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and more. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships.   He was sweet, the signs were hidden...I didn’t even know there were signs.... Read More
September 12, 2016
It’s the start of a new school year, which means reuniting with old friends, adjusting to new classrooms, and everyone’s favorite – homework! Prepping to go back to school isn’t just something that students have to do though; parents and teachers have a lot to do too. Just like students have to get... Read More
September 02, 2016
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and more. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships. Going back to school means new possibilities at every corner - new classes, new friendships, new... Read More
August 29, 2016
A message from Break the Cycle CEO, Amy Sánchez   As the CEO of Break the Cycle and the parent of a college freshmen and a high school junior, I have learned a lot over the years about A+ Relationships and D- ones as well.  We know that 1 in 3 young people will experience dating... Read More
August 12, 2016
Real Stories: The Text that Ended It
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and more. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships.   So many feelings bounced around my mind. Scared. Embarrassed. Stupid. I felt so stupid... Read More
July 18, 2016
Guest Blogger Natasha Johnson, LINA ambassador
Have you ever felt like a flower trying to grow through concrete? Sometimes that’s how I feel as a teen dating violence and domestic violence advocate. My name is Natasha: I am a sports fanatic, an animal lover, random movie quoter, bass fisher, silly & nerdy, and a pageant queen. I am... Read More
June 28, 2016
Amy Sanchez State of Women
Nearly two weeks later, I am still sharing messages I heard at the White House’s State of Women Summit with the staff here at Break the Cycle.  Women’s advocates of all races, gender identities, sexualities, religions, and careers unified to show the world that women will not be silent, they... Read More
May 16, 2016
termite damage, mental health, dating violence
Bad news. You had termites in your house. They ate at the walls for a while, but you called the exterminator and the pests are out. Unfortunately, there are still remnants of the termites' presence - marks in the wood, a weakened wall in the living room. For survivors of intimate partner violence... Read More
April 22, 2016
"Well, What Were You Wearing?" is a photo series capturing the clothes survivors were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. The mission? To prove that what a person is wearing has NOTHING to do with why they were assaulted. As creator, Kat Cambareri, says in the artist statement... Read More

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