Hello, everyone! Today I want to talk about a topic that's very important, and very important to me: healthy dating. I think it's important for us all to stick together and share stories that can help encourage each other to make healthy choices when it comes to dating.
As some of you know already from watching my music video "Didn't Mean It," I was involved in an abusive and dangerous relationship. I was in this relationship for a year and a half, and that was one of the most painful times in my life. The reason why I decided to share my story with others is because I wanted to help anyone that was going through a similar situation. Luckily for me I was able to get out of the relationship early enough and never look back before it was too late.
Domestic abuse is not the only type of abusive that exists. Emotional abuse is also really common in young couples. My advice to anyone that's dating is to leave at the first sign of abuse. If your dating partner calls you bad names or disrespects you in any way, don't take it lightly. Those are all signs of someone who is unstable.
Also, ladies please remember to stay strong and never feel pressured to mess around with guys when you're not ready for intimacy. If a guy is really into you he will respect you and will not be rushed to do anything you're not comfortable doing. Any guy that tries to make you feel guilty for not being intimate with them is not worth your time. Period. Remember, dating is supposed to be fun and exciting, and we need to remember how valuable we are and that no guy is worth having to go through a hurtful situation.
If you or anyone you know is going through an abusive situation, you can go to sites like LoveIsRespect.com and NoMore.org and get help. Don't be afraid to talk to someone you trust and have them go with you to get help. Whatever you do, just make sure you always demand the respect you deserve and don't be scared to walk away from anything or anyone that doesn't have your best interest.
To talk to someone and get help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233).