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Healthy Relationship Bill of Rights

December 10 is Human Rights Day, as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the inalienable rights to which everyone is entitled as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world and is available in more than 500 languages.

But what about a Healthy Relationship Bill of Rights?

You have rights in your relationship. Everyone does, and those rights can help you set boundaries that should be respected by all partners in a healthy relationship. Like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Healthy Relationship Bill of Rights is inalienable, regardless of gender or sexual identity.
  • You have the right to privacy, both online and off.
  • You have the right to feel safe and respected.
  • You have the right to participate in your culture and practice your spirituality.
  • You have the right to decide who you want to date or not date.
  • You have the right to say no at any time (to sex, to drugs or alcohol, to a relationship), even if you’ve said yes before.
  • You have the right to hang out with your relatives and friends and do things you enjoy, without your partner getting jealous or controlling.
  • You have the right to end a relationship that isn’t right or healthy for you.
  • You have the right to live free from violence and abuse.

If you feel that your rights have been violated and want to talk, StrongHearts Native Helpline is here to help.

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Information is a condensed version of Keeping Your Family Strong, a tip sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, combined with tribally sourced information.