Consent in a dating relationship is when partners mutually agree to sexual activity. This can include hugging, kissing, touching or sex. Both partners must be consenting. Consent is not simply granting permission for a particular activity. For consent to truly be given, it must be clear and enthusiastic! Also, just because someone consents to something one time, it does not mean that they will always consent.
Are dates healthful?
What is Consent? - SAVIS Youth - A Healthy Relationship
Healthy Dating Relationships in Adolescence
This month is a great time to talk to your kids about what a healthy relationship looks like. Understanding the respect that real love requires is very different. According to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 10 teenagers have been hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year. Annually, 6 in 10 children and teens witness or experience some form of relationship violence or abuse.
One time, someone I was dating complained to me that all we ever did was "have sex and eat food. What the relationship lacked, though, was balance. We burned out after a short amount of time together because what we were doing wasn't actually healthy. Sex is amazing, but there are things more important than sex in a relationship. Sex can be just as indulgent as eating candy.