Discover the warning signs, learn how to get help and make a game plan so that you can make a difference in your community!The New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence offers several youth-focused programs including the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy and the Adopt-A-School/Relationship Abuse Prevention Program.It easily could have sizzled out, since I was going to Barcelona a week after we met, but we both took the time and the effort and made it work. This isn't a fairytale, but I'm still hoping for a happy ending.Did you know that one in three adolescents experience some form of dating abuse before the age of 18?I was finally in the right place at the right time, instead of at a douchey bar at a time way past meeting any decent guy was acceptable.We both happened to be in between projects at work, and had enough time to actually go on meaningful dates. He isn't Prince Charming, and I'm definitely not a princess.
He pulls out his ex-girlfriend's tennis shoes that he didn't think to throw out (well, he didn't throw out the DVDs, so why throw out old tennis shoes, am I right? Guess he's still out of town on that family emergency..everything's okay! You start chatting with a guy on Ok Cupid (This is obviously going to end well, I mean, it started with Ok C...) and you try to make plans to meet up. The night ends with just the two of you and you exchange numbers. A year later, you guys all hang out again, same thing. Guess he fell into the toilet bowl and drowned to death? A guy scheduled two dates in one day -- one at brunch and another for drinks in the evening. His reasoning was that he knew he wasn't going to get lucky with a brunch date, so he might as well get tipsy at brunch and let that buzz carry over to the evening drinks, where he still had a shot with the second girl. The thing with dating in New York City is that we're all too selfish. You can get anything you want in the world at any time of the night as long as you can afford it, but no one has time. Conversation flows, you laugh at each other's lame jokes; it's going well, right?He tells you he's going to the gym and asks if you want to come lift. You meet a guy on Coffee Meets Bagel (hey, technology is the way to go for dating nowadays! He tells you he works in Asia for the majority of the year. He apologizes for not texting you before, and you guys end up having a great time and end up alone. The investment banker making over a quarter million a year doesn't have enough time to get off his Blackberry and hold a real conversation, but neither does the broke half guitarist/half barista who is always rushing off to go to a gig in Brooklyn.But New York City is also the worst city to be alone in.Because even when you're out surrounded by new people, you can feel more alone than being at home.