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Dating Bill of Rights & Responsibilities

Updated on 7/14/2010 03:13:11 PM

You have certain rights and responsibilities in a dating relationship. Here are some examples. Personalize these for yourself, and make a commitment to stick by them.

Dating rights, I have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect always
  • Be in a healthy relationship
  • Not be abused-physically, sexually, or emotionally
  • Keep my body, feelings, beliefs, and property to myself
  • Have friends and activities apart from my boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Set limits and values
  • Say no
  • Feel safe in the relationship
  • Be treated as an equal
  • Feel comfortable being myself
  • Leave a relationship

Dating responsibilities, I have the responsibility to:

  • Determine my limits and values
  • Respect my boyfriend's or girlfriend's limits, values, feelings, and beliefs
  • Refuse to abuse-physically, sexually, or emotionally
  • Be considerate
  • Communicate clearly and honestly
  • Give my boyfriend or girlfriend space to be his or her own person
  • Not exert power or control in the relationship
  • Compromise when needed
  • Admit to being wrong when appropriate
  • Ask for help from friends, family, and trusted adults.