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President Bush signs message on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL) today on its involvement to increase awareness of teen dating violence. The ICUL is sponsoring a weekâ??s worth of public service announcements (PSAs) in a number of movie theaters in Idaho. The PSAs are part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, which begins today and runs through the end of the week (February 5-9). The PSAs were produced by Eagle High School students last year, and are running on over 70 screens in Regal and Edwards Theaters in Boise, Nampa, Coeur dâ??Alene and Idaho Falls. They will be shown before every showing of every movie in those theaters throughout this week.â??Public awareness is one way to help protect our youth from violence that could find its way into their dating relationships,â?? Crapo said. â??The ICUL has found a way to think outside the box and push the prevention message into the movie theater, which is a great way to alert teens. When our communities and business work together, we can find innovative and productive ways to let teens know that violence has no place in their dating relationships and that there is help available.â??The President/CEO of ICUL, Alan Cameron, said, â??Idaho credit unions are proud to participate with Senator Crapo in his effort to raise awareness about the crime of teen dating violence. One of the most effective ways to do this is through airing the Public Service Announcements developed at Eagle High School. Credit unions are pleased to sponsor the showing of those PSAs in local theaters during Anti-Teen Dating Violence Week as part of their commitment to teens and to their communities.â??Over the weekend, President and Mrs. Bush signed a Presidential Message regarding teen dating violence awareness. Governors in several states, including Idaho, Louisiana, New Jersey, Minnesota and Utah, have also issued proclamations, recognizing this week as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.Crapo has had extensive involvement in domestic violence prevention efforts and helped create the first-ever Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week in 2005. He maintains a feature on his website with links and information about teen dating violence awareness and prevention efforts nationwide.