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Teen Dating Violence

What is "dating"? defines "dating"as two people in an intimate relationship. The relationship may be sexual, but it does not have to be. It may be serious or casual, straight or gay, committed or open, short-term or long-term.


And abuse can present itself in any one of these types of relationships. . . That is why it is so important to know your rights, to stand up for yourself and to stand up for others. 



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










What do I do if I or a Friend is being Abused?


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic VIolence, 1.5 million teens are physically abused by a dating partner each year, which means you or a friend may be one of those individuals. Here are some WARNING SIGNS to look for if you suspect abuse: 

  • Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission

  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity

  • Constant belittling or put-downs

  • Explosive temper

  • Isolation from family and friends

  • Making false accusations

  • Erratic mood swings

  • Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way

  • Possessiveness

  • Telling someone what to do

  • Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex


If you or someone you know is being abused or you think there may be abuse, there is help available. For starters, you can simply be honest and believe a friend when they come forward disclosing abuse. You can also reach out to a friend and say that you have noticed some things in their relationship that has you worried. For more tools to help identify abuse and information on how to leave or end an abusive relationship you can call the local domestic violence and sexual assault agency or click one of the links listed below. 



The Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Free. Confidential. Available 24 hrs a day.

Call with any questions or concernes.

No Appt. Needed. 


Riverton Office: 510 E. Washington St. Riverton, WY

Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am-5:00 pm



Lander Office: 450 N. 2nd St. Basement Office Lander, WY

M/W/Th/Fri  8:00 am-5:00 pm



Dubois Office: 712 Meckem St. Dubois, WY

Open Every Friday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm or by appt.



24HR CRISIS LINE: (307)856-4734 or TOLL-FREE


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