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A bill to amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to authorize the use of grant funds for dating violence prevention, and for other purposes. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jul 28, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to authorize the use of grant funds for dating violence prevention, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Stop Abuse for Every Teen Act'' or the ``SAFE Teen Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) About 72 percent of 8th and 9th graders report dating. (2) One in 4 adolescents reports emotional, physical, or sexual violence each year. (3) One in 10 adolescents reports being a victim of physical dating violence. (4) One in 4 teens in a relationship say they have been called names, harassed, or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting. (5) The severity of violence among intimate partners has been shown to be greater in cases where the pattern of violence has been established in adolescence. (6) Witnessing violence has been associated with decreased school attendance and academic performance. (7) The Department of Education analyzed the findings in the U.S. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance 2009 study and found that students who experience teen dating violence have lower grades than their peers. (8) Students who experienced physical violence had lower grades; 20 percent of these students had mostly D's and F's and only 6 percent had mostly A's. (9) Students who experienced sexual violence had lower grades; 18 percent of these students had mostly...

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The SAFE Teen Act (H.R. 2689), introduced by Gwen Moore (D-WI) would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Title IV of ESEA) to combat dating violence, sexual violence, and emotional abuse among students ages 11-19. Steps would include: 1) instructing the Secretary to collect data on the incidence and relevant emotional indicators of dating violence, sexual violence, and emotional abuse, and; 2) demanding that applications for Safe Schools/Healthy Students grants assess the presence of such relationship problems and describe plans to address them. States would also be obliged to provide technical assistance to both LEAs and schools responding to incidents of dating violence. The bill would establish an "Innovation Fund" to replicate, refine, and test model strategies and projects to prevent and respond to dating violence for youth. [The companion measure is S. 1447 by Senator Crapo (R-ID).] http://www.nea.org/home/13274.htm

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Bill Summary

A bill to amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to authorize the use of grant funds for dating violence prevention, and for other purposes.

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