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Q. What is Dating?

Dating often means different things to different people but a simple definition is spending time with someone you like in a way that is different, from the way you like your friends. But dating doesn’t mean you have to kiss or do anything physical with anyone. Also you don’t have to stay in a relationship that makes you unhappy or takes all your time away from your other friends.

Q. What is Dating Violence?

Dating violence is not Love!

There are three types of dating violence:

  1. Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse is name calling, insults, guilt trips and constant criticism.
  2. Physical abuse: Physical abuse includes such things as pushing, hitting, kicking, slapping and throwing or breaking objects.
  3. Sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is threatening sexual comments, unwanted touching and rape–any forced sexual act.

Q. What can you do if you are a victim of Dating Violence?

If you’re a victim of dating violence:

  1. Tell a trusted adult such as parent, teacher, school counselor or religious leader.
  2. Report Physical Violence–it is a crime.
  3. Tell the police or sheriff.
  4. Contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: Love is Respect www.loveisrespect.org

Q. What are the most important First Date Safety Tips?

  1. Agree to meet only in very public places.
  2. Provide your own transportation for the first few dates.
  3. Double date for the first couple of dates.
  4. Carry your cell phone.
  5. Be the last to leave the date location to ensure you aren’t followed home.
  6. And most of all, if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, alert a waiter, bartender, or other person at your location.
  7. If you suspect you are being followed drive to the police station.

Victims of Sexual Assault can be adults or children, male or female. It can happen to anyone.

24-hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-451-9235

Matagorda County
3010 6th Street   P.O. Box 1820   Bay City,   TX 77414
Local Crisis Line: 979-245-9299

Wharton County
116 E. Burleson Street, Wharton, TX 77488
Local Crisis Line: 979-531-1300