RESPECT is a girls group to help tweens and teens who have experienced or witnessed some form of relationship violence gain a healthy perspective of relationships. 


RESPECT is a group for teenage girls, ages 12 to 17, who have been through Cherish or who is referred to the program from a youth serving agency. Girls who have experienced or witnessed some form of relationship violence will benefit. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the program. More information for parents will be provided when contacting Courtney Bachus.

Where does RESPECT meet

RESPECT meets at various schools and locations throughout Hamilton County.

For more information please call Courtney Bachus at 317-773-3275 or email at


According to the Centers for Diseased Control and Prevention, every year, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. This evidence based program helps tweens and teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive relationships. lt is the critical pre-teen and teen years that young people begin to learn the skills needed to foster positive relationships. RESPECT engages and supports tween and teen girls with tools needed to build these skills. RESPECT is organized by Courtney Bachus who is a certified trainer for the Nationally Recognized Safe Dates ‘” and a specialized child advocate. This program is fully funded by Cherish and is free to teens in Hamilton County.

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a fund of CICF.

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a fund of CICF.

The Dating Bill of Rights

I have the right to:

  • Be respected as a person

  • Trust myself and my instincts

  • Change my mind

  • Express my feelings

  • Refuse to date

  • Not be physically, emotionally, or sexually abused



Everyone deserves RESPECT

Getting to know someone you like should be enjoyable, make you feel good and make you feel like you are valued. 
However, relationships are rarely straightforward and sadly things can go wrong. Often the people who are supposed to care for us are the ones who can hurt us the most. 
You may find yourself with someone who says they care for you but the way they treat you leaves you feeling vulnerable, nervous, scared, frightened or used.

The RESPECT Group can help tweens and teens identify ways to avoid unhealthy relationships, help deal with those unhealthy people you may have to be around, and have a safe place to talk about everything relationship.