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Wellness Center

Dating Abuse and Stalking

Sexual Assault Resources

 Dating Abuse Resources

  • Contact AU's Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator and confidential victim advocate, at SAPC@american.edu or 202-885-3055, who can help provide you with information about Dating Abuse/Stalking.
  • Break the Cycle 1-888-988-8336 Helpline, Break the Cycle provides legal services and other advocacy programs for survivors ages 12-24
  • My Sister’s Place (202) 529-5991, 24-Hour Hotline and Support Services


Stalking Resources

  • Contact AU's Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator and confidential victim advocate, at SAPC@american.edu or 202-885-3055, who can help provide you with information about Dating Abuse/Stalking.

 

Understanding the Difference between Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Unhealthy Relationships

Equality: Partners share decision making roles Control: One partner makes decisions for the other
Honesty: Partners are open and communicate needs and desires Dishonesty: One partner lies to the other
Support: Partners will encourage each other Disrespect: One partner may insult, demean, or otherwise put the other down
Comfort: Partners are free to be themselves Intimidation: One partner may attempt to coerce the other into doing things they do not feel comfortable with
Understanding of boundaries: Respect is given to each partners privacy Lack of privacy: Examining a partners phone, email, or social media discussions without permission or consent
Independence within the relationship Dependence on the other individual
Physical Safety: Partners feel safe when together and in the space that they may share Physical Abuse: One partner may use force to exert their will on another (i.e.: slapping, pushing, hitting)
Sexual Respect: Partners never force any physical activity without consent. There is active and enthusiastic consent before any sexual activity Sexual Abuse: Force or coercion are used by one partner against the other. Even in relationships, consent is required before any sexual activity