Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 103

Introduced by Senator Leyva

(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Beall, Cannella, Fuller, Galgiani, Glazer, Hall, Hancock, Hernandez, Jackson, Lara, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Nguyen, Pavley, Roth, Runner, and Wolk)

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chávez and Mathis)

January 28, 2016

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 103—Relative to teen dating and violence prevention.


SCR 103, as introduced, Leyva. Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

This measure would proclaim the month of February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and would encourage all Californians to observe Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month with programs and activities that raise awareness about teen dating violence.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Teen dating violence, also known as dating abuse,
2is a serious and growing problem throughout California; and

3WHEREAS, Teen dating violence intervention and prevention
4programs can help to ensure a positive school climate and safe
5learning environment for all pupils, address warning signs of dating
6violence among pupils before behaviors escalate, and protect the
7safety of targeted students; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Each year, an estimated one in 10 American
2teenagers is physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend;

4WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease
5Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10 percent of high school
6students have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by
7a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year; and

8WHEREAS, According to the American Psychological
9Association, one in three teens ages 14 to 20 years of age have
10experienced dating abuse, and about the same number say they
11have committed dating abuse themselves; and

12WHEREAS, According to the CDC, Dating Matters: Strategies
13to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships, one in four adolescents
14report verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual dating abuse each
15year; and

16WHEREAS, Forty-three percent of LGBT teens reported
17experiencing physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of
18heterosexual youth; and

19WHEREAS, Fifty-nine percent of LGBT teens reported
20experiencing emotional abuse, compared to 46 percent of
21heterosexual youth; and

22WHEREAS, Teen dating violence has been linked to other forms
23of violence and aggression against peers, including bullying, sexual
24harassment, sexual violence, and physical violence; and

25WHEREAS, Twenty percent of students with mostly D and F
26grades have engaged in dating violence in the last year, while only
276 percent of students with mostly A’s have engaged in dating
28violence; and

29WHEREAS, Victims of teen dating violence have increased
30risk for truancy, dropout, teen pregnancy, suicide, eating disorders,
31and engaging in other harmful behaviors, such as use of alcohol,
32tobacco, and other drugs; and

33WHEREAS, Nearly one-half of students who experience dating
34violence have reported that some of the abuse took place on school
35grounds; and

36WHEREAS, Victims of teen dating violence are also at increased
37risk for carrying a weapon to school, being threatened or injured
38with a weapon at school, and damaging school property; and

39WHEREAS, Pupils who are victims in high school are at higher
40risk for victimization during college, and adolescent perpetrators
P3    1of dating violence are more likely to abuse their intimate partners
2as adults; and

3WHEREAS, The establishment of Teen Dating Violence
4Awareness and Prevention Month will benefit schools,
5communities, families, and all youth; now, therefore, be it

6Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
7thereof concurring,
That the Legislature proclaims the month of
8February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
9Month, and supports communities to empower teens to develop
10healthy and violence-free relationships throughout their lives; and
11be it further

12Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the people of
13California, including schools, community groups, youth, and
14families, to observe Teen Dating Violence Awareness and
15Prevention Month with programs and activities that raise awareness
16about the dynamics of teen dating violence and support young
17people in learning the skills to have safe and healthy relationships.