Experiencing the joy and excitement of dating and your first love is one of the most wonderful aspects of being a teenager. However, sometimes relationships can become unhealthy, and you may not realize that what you are experiencing is not normal. Maybe your boyfriend has pushed you or called you unkind names. Perhaps your girlfriend slaps you in the face or punches you for no reason that you can understand. These are not healthy behaviors for a relationship and are, in fact, forms of abuse.
It can be difficult to seek help when you are in an abusive relationship because you may think that you deserve the pain you are receiving. The truth is that there is no justification behind violence of any kind in a good relationship, and although it may be difficult, it is important to let someone know that you are being mistreated by your boyfriend or girlfriend.
Maybe you think that no one will believe you when you tell them about the harm you have received. You should know, though, that there is help available for you in the form of an abuse hotline, a guidance counselor, a parent, or a friend. No matter how difficult it may seem to believe, someone will help you exit the relationship and will work to help you stay safe. You should know that you are not alone, and someone who truly cares about you would never intentionally hurt you. A healthy relationship should be based upon trust and love, not the constant worry of abuse and neglect.
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