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Dating Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

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
  • To be in a healthy relationship
  • To not be abused-physically, sexually, or emotionally
  • To keep my body, feelings, beliefs, and property to myself
  • To have friends and activities apart from my boyfriend or girlfriend
  • To set limits and values
  • To say no
  • To feel safe in the relationship
  • To be treated as an equal
  • To feel comfortable being myself
  • To leave a relationship

Dating responsibilities

I have the responsibility:
  • To determine my limits and values
  • To respect my boyfriend's or girlfriend's limits, values, feelings, and beliefs
  • To refuse to abuse-physically, sexually, or emotionally
  • To be considerate
  • To communicate clearly and honestly
  • To give my boyfriend or girlfriend space to be his or her own person
  • To not exert power or control in the relationship
  • To compromise when needed
  • To admit to being wrong when appropriate
  • To ask for help from friends, family, and trusted adults