Real Stories: The Relationship Blog

February 21, 2018
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Spending a lot of time together in a new relationship is normal and fun. You are getting to know each other on a deeper level, emotionally and sometimes physically. You may get the “stars in your eyes, let’s only hang out with each other” type feeling because this person makes you feel attractive... Read More
February 15, 2018
Among the many obstacles you may face in relationships, determining when your partner crosses the line can be a tricky one. This line may be one that you've talked about, or one that you haven't opened up about yet. Either way, your values and feelings are important. If a partner uses words to... Read More
February 08, 2018
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At some point in dating or a relationship, the topic of sex might come up. When there is open communication, respect, and trust, sex can be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. If you aren’t ready for sex, saying “no” or “I’m not ready” is still perfectly fine because there is mutual respect.... Read More
January 16, 2018
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This blog post is originally from abbyhonold.com and all rights are reserved to the author. Abby is a rape survivor/thriver + sexual assault advocate. Her work includes fighting for a bill to expand the use of trauma-informed techniques in responding to sexual assault. Thank you... Read More
January 11, 2018
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocates collectively raised our fists together in solidarity with the #TimesUp movement makers at the 2018 Golden Globes. This is yet another headline grabbing moment when celebrities and activists are united to bring urgent attention to the epidemic of of... Read More
December 27, 2017
Have a relationship question you really want answered, but aren't sure who to ask? Let's Be Real members host Taco Bout It Tuesday, a weekly show where we answer your relationship questions on the platform that you use daily: Snapchat! Our questions come from in-person events, Real Talks, and our... Read More
December 19, 2017
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UPDATE - 2.5.18 - Congratulations to Michaela R., our contest winner! Purchase our official Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month shirt here.  Continuing our tradition from 2017's Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we launched a special contest for our community of activists and... Read More
November 06, 2017
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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. The word "relationship" has an infinite amount of meanings. The first definition to come to mind... Read More
October 24, 2017
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Me too. Two simple words now have a larger meaning. They represent empathy and solidarity; cries of pain coupled with resilience; the experiences of so many. You’ve read and seen the endless stories on your timelines. You are shocked and appalled. Or perhaps, just appalled, because the epidemic... Read More
September 27, 2017
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When we think about sex, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a hot, steamy make-out session or the typical P and V sex we see in porn. Others may start daydreaming about somebody you find attractive or possibly recoil at the thought of intimacy. But what many people don’t consider is... Read More
September 06, 2017
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With September in full swing, it’s time to trade our beach reads for textbooks, pack our bags, and prepare for the start of a new semester at college. For some of you, the end of summer does not just mean saying dramatic goodbyes to your pet or bracing yourself for dining hall food, it also means... Read More
August 29, 2017
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July 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Let’s Be Real, a movement by young people for young people about relationships. To share our learnings from a year of movement-making and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth who drive it, Break the Cycle staff members reflects on their experiences... Read More
August 23, 2017
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July 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Let’s Be Real, a movement by young people for young people about relationships. To share our learnings from a year of movement-making and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth who drive it, Break the Cycle staff members reflects on their experiences... Read More
August 17, 2017
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July 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Let’s Be Real, a movement by young people for young people about relationships. To share our learnings from a year of movement-making and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth who drive it, Break the Cycle staff members reflects on their experiences... Read More
August 10, 2017
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July 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Let’s Be Real, a movement by young people for young people about relationships. To share our learnings from a year of movement-making and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth who drive it, Break the Cycle staff members reflects on their experiences... Read More
July 25, 2017
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The case that shook the music industry: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke. In 2014, Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) filed for a contractual break from her long-time music producer, Dr. Luke, in a suit stating that he had sexually, verbally, emotionally, and physically abused her for years. As we so often see when... Read More
July 13, 2017
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In May of 2017, I attended the Consolidated Youth Spring Institute, Building a Framework for Success in Chicago, Illinois. It’s here that I felt confirmation that as young people, we’re not the future of advocacy and change; we’re the now. This conference is held in partnership with the Office on... Read More
July 05, 2017
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The power of a song is something special, and the messages that music sends can have an enormous impact. Just hearing our feelings expressed to us, in ways we might not be able to express ourselves, has incredible value in our lives, no matter your age. The latest single by Faith Hill and... Read More
June 14, 2017
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June is an important month at Break the Cycle. June is PRIDE, a month where we celebrate collective movement, connection and power of LGBTQ*1 communities. PRIDE began in 1970—as a way to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NYC. The police raid that led to the riots at... Read More
May 03, 2017
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This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and daily life. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships. **TRIGGER WARNING** This blog post discusses details of sexual violence including harassment and rape... Read More

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