Amended in Assembly May 12, 2016

Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 103

Introduced by Senator Leyva

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January 28, 2016

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


SCR 103, as amended, 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
P2    1violence among pupils before behaviors escalate, and protect the
2safety of targeted students; and

3WHEREAS, Each year, an estimated one in 10 American
4teenagers is physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend orbegin insert aend insert
5 girlfriend; and

6WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease
7Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10 percent of high school
8students have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by
9a boyfriend orbegin insert aend insert girlfriend in the past year; and

10WHEREAS, According to the American Psychological
11Association, one in three teens ages 14 to 20 years of age have
12experienced dating abuse, and about the same number say they
13have committed dating abuse themselves; and

14WHEREAS, According to the CDC, Dating Matters: Strategies
15to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships, one in four adolescents
16report verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual dating abuse each
17year; and

18WHEREAS, Forty-three percent of LGBT teens reported
19experiencing physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of
20heterosexual youth; and

21WHEREAS, Fifty-nine percent of LGBT teens reported
22experiencing emotional abuse, compared to 46 percent of
23heterosexual youth; and

24WHEREAS, Teen dating violence has been linked to other forms
25of violence and aggression against peers, including bullying, sexual
26harassment, sexual violence, and physical violence; and

27WHEREAS, Twenty percent of students with mostly D and F
28grades have engaged in dating violence in the last year, while only
296 percent of students with mostly A’s have engaged in dating
30violence; and

31WHEREAS, Victims of teen dating violence have increased
32risk for truancy, dropout, teen pregnancy, suicide, eating disorders,
33and engaging in other harmful behaviors, such as use of alcohol,
34tobacco, and other drugs; and

35WHEREAS, Nearly one-half of students who experience dating
36violence have reported that some of the abuse took place on school
37grounds; and

38WHEREAS, Victims of teen dating violence are also at increased
39risk for carrying a weapon to school, being threatened or injured
40with a weapon at school, and damaging school property; and

P3    1WHEREAS, Pupils who are victims in high school are at higher
2risk for victimization during college, and adolescent perpetrators
3of dating violence are more likely to abuse their intimate partners
4as adults; and

5WHEREAS, The establishment of Teen Dating Violence
6Awareness and Prevention Month will benefit schools,
7communities, families, and all youth; now, therefore, be it

8Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
9thereof concurring,
That the Legislature proclaims the month of
10February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
11Month, and supports communities to empower teens to develop
12healthy and violence-free relationships throughout their lives; and
13be it further

14Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the people of
15California, including schools, community groups, youth, and
16families, to observe Teen Dating Violence Awareness and
17Prevention Month with programs and activities that raise awareness
18about the dynamics of teen dating violence and support young
19people in learning the skills to have safe and healthy relationships.