by: Maya D.
I’m just going to be honest and speak from experience here. I am very protective of my friends and will go to great lengths to try and make sure they don’t get hurt. This tends to come up as an amplified issue when friends get into relationships. It’s all good and fun while the relationship is happy and my friend’s boyfriends are treating them well. But the second they screw up and hurt my friend, they lose most if not all respect from me and I have a hard time being cordial towards the guy that broke their heart.
by: Eyama H.
Recently studies have shown that same sex relationship helps youth self-esteem and lessens homophobia amongst youth. There is some sort of truth to youth being able to maintain a stable, healthy relationship.
by: Ricky L.
The other day I was reading this article about a wife cheating on her husband. But the thing is, she was cheating via the internet. The husband, Ken Savage said he noticed his wife would do things like be on the computer and then when he would come into the room and she would hurry up and put the computer up. Savage soon discovered his wife was using the site to meet up with an old boyfriend -- an increasingly common occurrence as more and more adults join Facebook.
A month ago I went to Mexico for a big emergency! I haven’t been over there for like 15 years and it was a good feeling to go back after a while. Traveling is amazing, you get the chance to do things you wouldn’t normally do at home, right? But for me it was like being home while there I was giving advice to my young peers about healthy relationships.
by: Ti'Ara W.
Latrice Jones made a decision she will soon regret was nothing that came to mind when it was time for unprotected sex. He told her he was clean and it’s his first time but deep down inside he knew he wasn’t. Listening to every lie he told she started to think it was the truth. Was it her fault because she never received this kind of attention? Was it her fault that no one ever taught her that a boy would chase you and tell you all kind of things to get what he wasn’t?
Latrice never once asked for it to happen but once he fed her with lies she had no choice but to believe them, and hope he was not like her friends’ boyfriends. No symptoms, no face, nothing to tell her that she was unsafe. Telling her friends about her first unprotected time, they decided she should get checked to make sure she wasn’t pregnant.
by: Eyama H.
“Tonya is on Brad.” She talks about him all the time, even though they just broke up only like a week ago. They broke up for strong reasons and mainly because their relationship was unhealthy. Brad use to leech off of Tonya, and always would ask her for money. She just felt like it wasn’t fair. He would be at home all day, and while she was out working he would be home sleeping, or goofing off. The house would be a mess, and he wouldn’t cook dinner so that by time she got home they could eat; and he was always so called tired when she came around.
by: Monica A.
I came across an article today and on the front page, it said "Mel Gibson begs for Oksana to take him back" and I thought to myself, WOW! This is just a pure example of the cycle of violence. It starts off as the HONEYMOON STAGE (marraige), TENSION (little arguments) and finally the EXPLOSION (which is what Mr. Gibson did) and then it's back to the HONEYMOON STAGE. He said all those mean and hurtful things to her during his explosion and then texts her an apology about how unsafe he was in their fight! Not only did you not say it to her but he sent a text to her. I truly feel that he only sent her an apology via text because he made a complete fool of himself. The whole world knows what a monster he is to hurt her especially when she had their infant child in her arms. How dumb can you be really?
by: Monica A.
Imagine working for a field at a young age and you think no one outside your organization does it and they're your age. I was proven wrong when I went to the Ending Violence Against Women/Teen Dating Violence conference on 7/14/10 in Sacramento. I met a bunch of teens that are fighting for the same cause BOM is; stay tuned for our video! We were all talking about what adults can do differently and what we as teens can do to build an intergenerational partnership.
by: Maeven M.
By now it seems as though everyone must have heard Mel Gibson’s violent tirade against his former girlfriend and the mother of his child, Oksana. Considering the very public world we live in, it feels almost normal to be privy to all the gritty details of what must have been an extremely frightening incident in Oksana’s life.
Some people, especially of older generations, have been wondering what happened to the concept of privacy, particularly when we are talking about things that have traditionally been kept behind closed doors. While I recognize that having the details of so many people’s intimate lives become public knowledge is unsettling, especially for people who are able to remember how things were before the “too much information” age, there is something to be said from moving the issue of dating and domestic violence outside of the home and into the public sphere. There is no question that the media sensationalizes stories like this one, which certainly has the potential to desensitize the public, as is true of any form of violence.