Don’t be afraid to talk to people who love you and that you trust and listen to what they have to say.I wish I’d had some of the YA books that have become my favorites over the past few years to get me through 27 months with He Who Shall Not Be Named.Would I have stayed in my bad romance if I’d had a chance to read and meet the wonder that is Levi?I mean, would Levi ever in a million years call Cath a slut?Because there’s another side to love that Valentine’s Day doesn’t really like to get into, isn’t there?
Some people have that lifestyle and agree to it, and some people have been coerced into it,” says Glenn.You need to understand that when someone’s in an abusive relationship, they can’t see outside of it at all because their girlfriend or boyfriend controls every aspect of their life. Let them know you love them, that you’re there, and that you’ve got their back. You can check out the website for a list of these places, as well as take an online quiz to see if you’re in a healthy relationship.There are hotlines you can call or text, people who know what’s up and want to help you get woke about what’s going down in your love life.A grassroots movement called “50 Dollars Not 50 Shades” is asking people to donate to their local women’s shelter or domestic violence nonprofit instead of seeing a film they say glamorizes abusive relationships.“Do something positive to offset the damage caused by Ruth Glenn, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that while we all have the personal choice to make decisions regarding a BDSM (bondage and discipline, and sadomasochism) lifestyle, the issue at hand comes down to consent or, in the case of the book and movie, the lack thereof.She shared her own experience as a teen in an abusive relationship in this month’s YA Open Mic, and now, in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, she talks about how to recognize abusive relationships (and great ones), and how to break the patterns that can keep you or your loved ones trapped. This one’s for the friends who watch their bestie slip away from them, her life revolving around a boy who treats her like crap and convinces her she’s nothing without him.