Please note: Entries within this blog may contain references 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.

Real Stories: The Relationship Blog

August 17, 2017
young man holding signs. blog title
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
group of people talking_ blog title
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
pictured Kesha. blog title - a moving portrayal of survivor resilience
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
5 people sitting on a speaking panel
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
tim mcgraw and faith hill
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
one man facing away wearing denim jacket that reads born this way
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
Hannah and Jessica sitting Thirteen Reasons Why
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
April 24, 2017
engage new voices, greek life
April is nearly over, and as we reflect on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, think of ways that you can continue this conversation throughout the year. Many of you have heard the statistics of women who will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and on college campuses; those statistics are... Read More
April 18, 2017
hands reaching upwards
Every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.1 Despite this, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators of sexual violence will ever be incarcerated.2 How then, when 994 of every 1,000 perpetrators of sexual violence walk free,3 can we possibly attempt to fulfill the needs for... Read More
March 20, 2017
my feminist hero kate harding
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. Feminism: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes... Read More
March 03, 2017
womens history month. girl holding key fearless
March is Women’s History Month, and it’s important for Break the Cycle and you for many reasons. Women’s History Month began in 1978, in Sonoma, California as a weeklong celebration of women and their contributions to history and society. In the following years, this idea caught on, and spread to... Read More
February 24, 2017
two girls laughing on a car
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's Real Week for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and today's theme is "Freaky... Read More
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

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