Consent is an important part of a healthy relationship. When consent is present, so are open communication, trust and healthy boundaries. All partners can openly talk about anything.
Trusting your partner means that you feel safe with them emotionally, physically, sexually and spiritually. Trust should include privacy, both yours and theirs.
Setting boundaries is an important part of any relationship. Boundaries are an opportunity to communicate to the world that we have self-respect and self-worth.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
- Privacy, both online and off
- Feel safe and respected
- Decide who you want to date or not date
- Choose when/if you have sex and who you have sex with
- Say not at any time (to sex, to drugs or alcohol, to a relationship), even if you have said yes before
- Hang out with your friends or family and do things you enjoy, without your partner getting jealous or controlling
- End a relationship that isn’t right or healthy for you
- Live free from violence and abuse
Warning Signs and Red Flags – is this abuse?
- Checking your cell phone or email without your permission
- Constantly putting you down
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Explosive temper
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Physically hurting you in any way
- Telling you what to do
- Repeatedly pressuring you to have sex