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Relationship Violence

Relationship violence affects not only individuals, but also the Bentley community as a whole.  Relationship violence includes a broad spectrum of behaviors and experiences, which include physical violence but also attempts to control, belittle, demean, or intimidate. In many cases, the unhealthy or abusive behaviors violate Bentley University Policy as well as federal and state statutes. We take the issue of relationship violence very seriously.

Broadly defined, relationship violence is any occurrence of physical, emotional, sexual, or cyber abuse that occurs within a relationship, regardless of how long the two individuals have known each other. Relationship violence occurs within all types of romantic and sexual relationships, including heterosexual and same-sex relationships. If you are concerned that you may be in an unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationship, please keep the following in mind:

● This is NOT your fault.
● You are NOT alone. There are people here to help.
● If you do not currently feel safe, call University Police immediately at 781.891.3131.

Relationship Rights

In any relationship, each individual has basic rights. While these pages deal specifically with sexual or romantic relationships and violence, you may find the information on these websites helpful for any type of relationship.

Personal Rights in a Romantic or Sexual Relationship

1. The right to be respected.
2. The right to express my feelings and opinions.
3. The right to decide how I want to spend my time and with whom.
4. The right to choose my friends.
5. The right to change my mind.
6. The right to be independent.
7. The right to maintain my personal privacy.
8. The right to feel safe.
9. The right to make decisions about my body, property and schedule without guilt.
10. The right to live free from all forms of verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and cyber abuse.
11. The right to consent to or refuse sexual activity.
12. The right to end a relationship.