Sen. Mike Crapo, a longtime leader in combating dating violence among adolescents, will appear at Wednesday in Boise at a 2-hour forum.
The event is titled, "Idaho Policy Roundtable Discussion on the Prevention of Digital Dating Abuse and 'Sexting' in Adolescent Relationships." It helps mark National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, an effort supported by Crapo, R-Idaho.
Sexting is sending a text message with an inappropriate, semi-nude or nude photograph.
The event is sponsored by the Idaho Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Project and Start Strong Idaho, a collaboration of the Idaho Department of Education, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence.
It will be held at the Boise Centre's Falcon room, from noon to 2 p.m. Speakers will appear between 12:15 and 1.
Crapo will be joined by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna; Catherine Pierce, director of the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice; and Brian O’Connor of the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Advisory council members of the Idaho Teen Dating Violence and Start Strong Idaho Teen Advisory Council will also speak.
Organizers expect more than 200 community, school, youth organization and teens representatives.
According to a news release, digital dating abuse and sexting are becoming a "new frontier" for teen dating abuse.
The 2009 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey reports 18 percent of Idaho high school students were electronically bullied in the last 12 months and and 10 percent were forced to have unwanted sex.
Digital dating abuse — unwanted, repeated calls or text messages, breaking into e-mail or social networking accounts, or posting cruel comments on social network sites — is increasing. Recent surveys also report that one in five teens participates in sexting.
For more information contact Kelly Miller,
legal director of Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence at (208) 384-0419, (888) 293-6118 or email@example.com
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