"Where were you when I was starting to date?  I didn't know that what I was doing was messed up!"  – Kenny, 17

“That’s me! I do that!” Kenny shared in complete astonishment as he became aware of his tendencies to engage in unhealthy relationship behaviors. 

Kenny and his classmates recently completed the 5-week Healthy Relationships, Consent, and Bystander Engagement Education course facilitated by CCS’ Prevention and Education staff at a local high school.

During the course, Kenny learned how the cycle of jealousy can lead to violent acts in a relationship.  Growing up, he witnessed how his father was abusive towards his mother and how his mother would share her jealous thoughts with him.  He thought that these unhealthy behaviors were all part of a normal relationship.  After learning about the characteristics of unhealthy relationships, he realized how much of his actions were about inflicting power and control over his girlfriend. 

Kenny said, “Where were you when I was starting to date?  I didn't know that what I was doing was messed up!”

Help us #StartTheConvo by talking to other youth, like Kenny, about healthy relationships, consent, and bystander engagement.  Support CCS’ work in promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships to help youth reach their full potential.


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