What does a healthy relationship look like?

 A teen’s response:

In my opinion, the key qualities of a healthy romantic relationship are honesty, commitment, attraction, intelligence etc.  Speaking from my personal point of view, it feels good knowing that my parents are all in for each other.  Knowing that they are always going to love each other and won’t let the outside world interfere with their relationship.

~ Alyssa, 18

How do I know if I am ready for sex?

 A teen’s response:

I can’t speak for all teens, however, my mother always encouraged me to wait until I was married because it is a part of our religion but she also encouraged me to tell her if I was ever ready to commit to a serious relationship.  However, I think I’m more comfortable to wait until I meet my husband to lose my virginity.  As a female, not speaking for all but I do know many that believe that their virginity is something very special to them, and I agree.  Your virginity is something sacred, something that should be cherished by someone who loves and appreciates you.

~ Alyssa, 18

Abused? What to do if in an unhealthy relationship.

A teen’s response:

I think teens and adults often stay in abusive romantic relationships because sadly they think they are in love.  Not to say they don’t want to leave, but it’s difficult when you really don’t have the resources to get out.   I honestly believe that the men (and some women) have this certain ability to break their partner down, kill their self esteem so that they never gain the confidence to leave them.

~ Alyssa, 18