R 065
2017 -- H 5528
Enacted 02/15/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ackerman, McEntee, Casimiro, Fogarty, and Carson
Date Introduced: February 15, 2017

     WHEREAS, One in four Rhode Islanders report being the victim of verbal, physical,
emotional, or sexual violence by a partner, and nearly one in ten Rhode Island High School
students has already experienced physical dating violence; and
     WHEREAS, National statistics show that most victims first experience dating violence
between the ages of 11 through 24; and
     WHEREAS, Teens who are victims of dating violence are at higher risk for underage
drinking, drug abuse, attempted suicide, eating disorders, and bullying; and
     WHEREAS, Adolescents who have experienced or are in controlling or violent
relationships may carry these dangerous and unhealthy patterns into their future relationships; and
     WHEREAS, There are currently teens in every Rhode Island community who have or
will experience dating violence, but they are often afraid to discuss or report it, or may not even
recognize that they are in an abusive relationship; and
     WHEREAS, Parents and other adults can also be uncomfortable acknowledging or may
be unaware that a young person is or has experienced abuse; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island teens who are victims of dating violence, as well as parents,
teachers, and others, can learn more about the problem, including warning signs, types of abuse,
and available resources to help young people; and
     WHEREAS, In addition, adults can model respectful behavior and open communication,
and can promote healthy relationships; and
     WHEREAS, It is fitting that this House recognizes and promotes programs and
organizations that strive to protect and educate our state's youth; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of February, 2017, as " Teen Dating Violence
& Prevention Month." We furthermore join the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence in
urging all Rhode Islanders to support efforts in their communities, schools, and within their
families to empower young people to prevent and respond to teen dating violence; and be it
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of state be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, RI
Coalition Against Domestic Violence.