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SR-75 (2019-2020)

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Enrolled  February 18, 2020
Passed  IN  Senate  February 14, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Resolution
No. 75


Introduced by Senator Rubio
(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Bates, Beall, Dodd, Hurtado, Leyva, Pan, and Skinner)

January 30, 2020


Relative to Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SR 75, Rubio.

WHEREAS, Teen dating violence, also known as dating abuse, is a serious and growing problem throughout California; and
WHEREAS, Teen dating violence intervention and prevention programs can help to ensure a positive school climate and safe learning environment for youth, 12 to 24 years of age, inclusive; and
WHEREAS, Education and outreach programs to community members address warning signs of teen dating violence among youth before behaviors escalate, and protect the safety of targeted youth; and
WHEREAS, Consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for a comprehensive primary prevention program, multiple strategies are required, such as teaching safe and healthy relationship skills, engaging influential adults and peers, disrupting the developmental pathways toward partner violence, creating protective environments, strengthening economic supports for families, and supporting survivors to increase safety and lessen harm; and
WHEREAS, Each year, an estimated one in 10 high school students is physically hurt on purpose by a dating partner; and
WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its publication entitled “Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships,” one in four adolescents report verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual dating abuse each year; and
WHEREAS, According to the American Psychological Association, one in three teens 14 to 20 years of age, inclusive, have experienced dating abuse and about the same number say they have committed dating abuse themselves; and
WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 11 female teens and one in 15 male teens reported experiencing physical violence in the last year; and
WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in nine female teens and one in 36 male teens reported experiencing sexual dating violence in the last year; and
WHEREAS, Forty-three percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens reported experiencing physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual youth; and
WHEREAS, Fifty-nine percent of LGBT teens reported experiencing emotional abuse, compared to 46 percent of heterosexual youth; and
WHEREAS, Fifty percent of transgender youth reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives; and
WHEREAS, Teen dating violence has been linked to other forms of violence and aggression against peers, including bullying, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and physical violence; and
WHEREAS, Survivors of teen dating violence have increased risk for truancy, dropout, teen pregnancy, suicide, having eating disorders, and engaging in other harmful behaviors, such as use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; and
WHEREAS, Nearly one-half of students who experience dating violence have reported that some of the abuse took place on school grounds; and
WHEREAS, Survivors of teen dating violence are also at increased risk for carrying a weapon to school, being threatened or injured with a weapon at school, and damaging school property; and
WHEREAS, Youth who are survivors in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college, and adolescent perpetrators of dating violence are more likely to abuse their intimate partners as adults; and
WHEREAS, The establishment of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month will benefit schools, communities, families, and all youth; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate proclaims February 2020 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and supports communities to empower teens to develop healthy and violence-free relationships throughout their lives; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate calls upon the people of California, including schools, community groups, families, and youth, to observe Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month with programs and activities that raise awareness about the dynamics of teen dating violence and support youth in learning the skills to have safe and healthy relationships; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.