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 and loved and excited about life together. But what happens when “let’s only hang out with each other” becomes less of a feeling and more of a command?
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.
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. But, there are times when one person doesn’t respect their partners’ verbal or physical ‘no’. They might use coercion or pressure to convince their partner to do something sexually that they don’t want to do or that makes them feel uncomfortable.
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 for allowing us to repost.
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 sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Framing the urgency of the call to action in time was a brilliant strategy.
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 online submission form. Questions are always anonymous unless the person requests a shout out, and we are always accepting new questions!
November 29, 2017 Dear Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, Chairman Goodlatte, Acting Ranking Member Nadler, Chairman Gowdy, and Ranking Member Jackson Lee,
On behalf of the one in three American women who will be a victim of domestic or sexual violence, we strongly oppose efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate in the Senate tax bill. The Congressional Budget Office reports that repealing the requirement that Americans have health insurance would result in 13 million Americans losing coverage, and an overall increase in healthcare premiums.