A threatening and hostile challenge that may result in physical harm.
Stating your thoughts, feelings, and ideas without regard for others; communicating in a way that is forceful and confrontational.
A clear, direct, and obvious challenge.
Standing up for yourself by stating your thoughts, feelings, and opinions in a way that is clear yet considerate of the feelings of others.
Balance of Power
When power is shared equally by people in a relationship.
The defined limits between what is and is not acceptable; boundaries can be physical and emotional.
Safe and responsible use of the internet and communication technology.
Controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship, including verbal, physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse.
Harming someone mentally and emotionally through insults, put-downs, guilt, and manipulation; using mind games, and/or making someone feel bad about themselves.
Playful behavior that is intended to get the attention of another person for fun and amusement.
To prepare or train; drawing a victim into a secret relationship for the purpose of abusing them.
A relationship with a balance of power where healthy boundaries are protected. The relationship is positive rational, productive, and supportive.
Passive – Aggressive Communication
Communication that appears to be passive, however the subtle and indirect communication is meant to control others.
A subtle challenge that is often not resisted.
Accepting what others are saying and doing while avoiding stating your own thoughts, feelings, or opinions.
A predetermined plan to minimize risk and maintain safety when away from home; P.L.A.N. stands for:
- P-asking Permission
- L-to go to a Location
- A-to do a specific Activity
- N-providing Names and Numbers for adults or peers you’ll be with
Confidence in one’s own worth; positive thoughts and feelings about oneself.
Sending sexually explicit text message and/or photos.
Unwanted sexual activity when one person threatens, intimidates, and pressures another person; because a person under the age of 18 cannot legally consent to having sex, sex between an adult and a minor is considered sexual abuse.
Any unwanted physical or verbal contact that is sexual in nature intended to take control and power away from another person.
A relationship with an imbalance of power that results in one person being controlled and manipulated by the other person; boundaries are not respected resulting in a destructive and negative relationship.