H.Res. XX: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week

H.Res. XX

Supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week

Sponsor
Rep. John Lewis

Date
February 3, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.Res. 102 is being considered on the floor under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative John Lewis (D-GA) on February 3, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 102 resolves that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that:

  • "Supports the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week to raise awareness of teen dating violence in the Nation; and
  • "Encourages the people of the United States, State and local officials, middle schools and high schools, law enforcement agencies, and other interested groups to observe National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week with appropriate programs and activities that promote awareness and prevention of the crime of teen dating violence."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, one in 11 adolescents reports being a victim of physical dating violence. Furthermore, one in five teenagers in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. One in three female teenagers in a dating relationship has feared for her physical safety, and more than one in four teenagers have been in a relationship where a partner is verbally abusive. A similar resolution was passed by the Senate in 2007, but never considered by the House.