October 18, 2005

Crapo Raises Awareness Of Dating Violence

â??Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Weekâ?? resolution introduced

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced a Senate resolution today calling for a national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, February 6 â?? 10, 2006. â??As we know all too sadly in Idaho, the crime of teen dating violence, including physical, emotional and sexual assault, is a reality for many American teenagers,â?? said Crapo. â??Like drug abuse, itâ??s a reality of which many parents are unaware. It makes sense to have the people most affected by this insidious disease leading the efforts to raise awareness of and prevent the further spread of it.â??The Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week Resolution is based on the Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative which actively engages teens in speaking out against teen dating violence. Teens across the United States came together under the direction of the American Bar Association Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children and created toolkits which will be sent to high schools across the nation during the week of February 6 â?? 10, 2006. These efforts have been endorsed by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. The resolution, sponsored by Crapo, calls on government representatives and agencies, private organizations and public officials to promote activities in their respective communities that raise awareness of the high incidence of teen dating violence that occurs among our teens every day, as well as prevention strategies.