Amended in Assembly May 19, 2016

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.

P2    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

8WHEREAS, Each year, an estimated one in 10 American
9teenagers is physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or a
10girlfriend; and

11WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease
12Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10 percent of high school
13students have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by
14a boyfriend or a girlfriend in the past year; and

15WHEREAS, According to the American Psychological
16Association, one in three teens ages 14 to 20 years of age have
17experienced dating abuse, and about the same number say they
18have committed dating abuse themselves; and

19WHEREAS, According to the CDC, Dating Matters: Strategies
20to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships, one in four adolescents
21report verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual dating abuse each
22year; and

23WHEREAS, Forty-three percent of LGBT teens reported
24experiencing physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of
25heterosexual youth; and

26WHEREAS, Fifty-nine percent of LGBT teens reported
27experiencing emotional abuse, compared to 46 percent of
28heterosexual youth; and

29WHEREAS, Teen dating violence has been linked to other forms
30of violence and aggression against peers, including bullying, sexual
31harassment, sexual violence, and physical violence; and

32WHEREAS, Twenty percent of students with mostly D and F
33grades have engaged in dating violence in the last year, while only
346 percent of students with mostly A’s have engaged in dating
35violence; and

P3    1WHEREAS, Victims of teen dating violence have increased
2risk for truancy, dropout, teen pregnancy, suicide, eating disorders,
3and engaging in other harmful behaviors, such as use of alcohol,
4tobacco, and other drugs; and

5WHEREAS, Nearly one-half of students who experience dating
6violence have reported that some of the abuse took place on school
7grounds; and

8WHEREAS, Victims of teen dating violence are also at increased
9risk for carrying a weapon to school, being threatened or injured
10with a weapon at school, and damaging school property; and

11WHEREAS, Pupils who are victims in high school are at higher
12risk for victimization during college, and adolescent perpetrators
13of dating violence are more likely to abuse their intimate partners
14as adults; and

15WHEREAS, The establishment of Teen Dating Violence
16Awareness and Prevention Month will benefit schools,
17communities, families, and all youth; now, therefore, be it

18Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
19thereof concurring,
That the Legislature proclaims the month of
20February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
21Month, and supports communities to empower teens to develop
22healthy and violence-free relationships throughout their lives; and
23be it further

24Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the people of
25California, including schools, community groups, youth, and
26families, to observe Teen Dating Violence Awareness and
27Prevention Month with programs and activities that raise awareness
28about the dynamics of teen dating violence and support young
29people in learning the skills to have safe and healthy relationships.