National Youth Advisory Board Retreat 2014

Last week, loveisrespect’s awesome National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) convened in the tranquil, picturesque North Carolina mountainside for their annual retreat. It was inspiring to see the 18 incredible NYAB members who could make it come from all over the country to learn how they can teach their peers, schools and communities about healthy relationships.

So much happened over the course of three days! Here are just a few of the highlights:

The Relationship Between Alcoholism and Dating Abuse

“That wasn’t me. I was drunk. That’s not who I am.”

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Florida State University found recently that men and women who have been drinking alcohol are at a greater risk of becoming physically and sexually aggressive with their partners. And while alcohol itself does not cause dating violence, it can aggravate it.

#VoicesHavePower Campaign Underway

At Break the Cycle, we work to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. Dating violence affects millions of people every year, but people are still afraid to talk about it.

It’s time to start the conversation and bring hope to survivors. That’s why we’ve partnered with Verizon Hopeline to bring public awareness to this important issue with their #VoicesHavePower campaignstarting now through August 8th.

Teen Girls Develop Healthy Relationships App for Break the Cycle

black-girls-code-hackathonThis past weekend (June 7th and 8th), over 200 girls on two coasts between the ages of 12 to 17 got to work at the Black Girls CODE Hackathon titled “Love Is Respect.” The two-day hackathon held in Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York was powered by Black Girls CODE, Break the Cycle and Verizon Wireless, focusing on empowering the girls through consciousness

Isla Vista and its Relation to Dating Abuse

By now, you’ve heard about the tragic events that occurred in Isla Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23. Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old man, went on a killing spree, taking the lives of six people before committing suicide. In the weeks leading up to the shooting, Rodger posted angry, vitriolic YouTube videos of himself declaring his hatred of women along with a 137-page manifesto detailing his childhood and adolescence, which he describes as filled with isolation, loneliness and rejection by his peers.

Do They Want to Spend Time Together or Isolate?

It’s romantic and fun, especially at the beginning of a relationship, to hang with each other all the time. Both partners can be so into each other that sometimes they can forget about the other people in their lives. However, in a healthy relationship, this kind of behavior begins to fade a bit as both partners resume their lives with each other in them. So when does it go from puppy love and infatuation to potentially abusive?

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