Citing Benoit shooting, Crapo to promote bill aimed at limiting dating violence

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has been honored for his work in fighting dating violence among teens.

His S. 1447 Stop Abuse for Every Teen Act, was introduced last month with bipartisan support.

On Monday, Crapo will discuss the bill and make note of this week's shooting death of 22-year-old University of Idaho student Katy Benoit of Boise.

Crapo's spokesman, Lindsay Nothern, said the Benoit case is topical, even though she was in her early 20s.

"The problem is the same," said Nothern in an email. "People need to be aware of the issue and be prepared to speak up about it. Especially men, who Crapo feels must speak out to other men that violent or threatening behavior is not acceptable.

"Getting the word out in school can hopefully make a difference in adult life," Nothern continued. "This is a very tragic case. We don’t know all the details but we would hope that if more people spoke up more quickly, which is one of the goals of this awareness program, perhaps it could have made a difference."

Crapo will appear at the Idaho Capitol at 9:45 a.m. Monday. He will be joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Sherry Iverson, director of Women & Children’s Education at St. Luke's, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Executive Director Kelly Miller, Start Strong Idaho Teen Leader Laura Hampikian and Center for Healthy Teen Relationships Teen activist Sara Hope Leonard.

A fact sheet provided by Nothern explains the bill:

# The SAFE Teen Act amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (under title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) to authorize grant funds for dating violence prevention programs. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) has introduced a version of this bill in the House.

# The legislation would amend the Act’s definition of “violence” to include “dating violence” to ensure that dating violence programs are eligible for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities’ grants. Currently, grant eligibility for dating violence programs is at the discretion of each administration. This fix would provide consistency and enable more school dating violence prevention programs to receive funds.

# This bill would also enable the Department of Education to join the CDC in collecting data on teen dating violence.

# It would also pool existing Department of Education funds to create an innovation fund to be used under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to research and develop evidence-based programs and strategies for combating teen dating violence.

# This would not require any new spending and would just encourage the pursuit of finding the most effective practices.

# At least 15 states have passed teen dating violence laws that urge or require school boards to develop curriculum on teen dating violence, most without additional funding or guidance. The federal legislation attempts to correct this problem by allowing schools to incorporate teen dating violence prevention into existing school safety programs. Schools are also encouraged to train school personnel on the issue and incorporate response mechanisms into school policies.

# The legislation is supported by Futures Without Violence, and a coalition of domestic violence and education advocacy organizations that support the legislation, including the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Love is Not Abuse Coalition, Jewish Women International, Girl Scouts of the USA, and RAINN.

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What a pant load

This poor women has been slaughtered by a psychopath and Crapo now feel compelled to to pat himself on the back and tout his teen violence record....really.......what a pant load.

How about standing up for appropriate guns laws to restrict freaks like this on multiple medications from obtaining a weapons in Idaho....

...The murderer was obviously stocking up with clear intent to kill....

Crapo made it very clear on the floor of the Senate last year that he did not believe in a woman's right to justice when raped at work…...he voted to protect the best interests of corporations with his vote and deny a woman's right to justice.

......Crapo consistently uses misleading propaganda to make outrageous claims of social concern when in facts he has done nothing while voting against the best interests of everyday hardworking Idahoans.

Beware of Crapos propaganda issued by his wordsmithing staff, please read his record and you will see .....that he has not passed any bills to help hardworking Idahoans finds jobs, save homes or protect a women's rights......Crapo is using this poor victim a tool to get media for his career.

Shame on you Crapo...........

"Crapo consistently uses misleading propaganda..."

Of course he does. He's an Idaho Republican.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

i8 and others enable and embolden these academic freaks.

As predators, like these professors, troll the campus. Liberals like i8 enable their existance. Parents gladly plunk down 25K a year to get their daughters leared at.

Tenure is the prize saying, "yeah, I'm weird, but I'm smart". On the inside that is. Most of academia could never make it on the outside.

try some cold water

i8, take off your bias gla sses and put on some reading glas ses.

the post clearly states Crap introduced this bill LAST MONTH.
He was and is bringing attention to the issue.

And you want to fault him for that?????



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i8! Thank you!

It is obvious that truth irritates the Idaho conservative base. Thank you for your post!


i8-Mike Crapo has a long history of fighting Domestic Violence. In the 22 years I ran a Domestic Violence Program here in Idaho, I can attest to his support for the victims, both teen and adult!!
As for the the guns, do you know that they were purchased in Idaho? I agree, he should never had been able to purchase them, anywhere, let alone Idaho, but they may have been private sales, not through a store, where they'd have run a check. Another point- if he wasn't being treated in Idaho for any mental conditions, there would be no record. As for the meds, online purchases for almost anything are far too easy. You need to stop and think about some of the things you say about other people.

So you advocate stronger gun laws?

By saying he never should have been able to purchase them, then you must be in favor of stricter gun control laws. That seems to contradict your other posts on this matter.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart


I was referring to his history of mental illness being a reason for him not being able to buy guns here or anywhere. Since he had no record here, there would be no way to check.

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Crapo's bill

I thought that Republicans are against federal involvement. Does this make Crapo a "liberal." ?

we don't need new laws

we need the laws we already have to be enforced. The guy shouldn't have been able to own a gun or get a concealed carry permit, and the police and the university should have responded more decisively when she reported him.

Maybe I'm missing something, but why should he have been

restricted from purchasing weapons?

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

I am wondering that too.

If we outlaw something for what someone "might" do then wouldn't that extend to everything else? We should outlaw the sale of alcohol because someone "might" drive drunk. We should outlaw smoking because someone "might" get cancer. We should outlaw donuts because someone "might" get heart disease. We should outlaw stupidity because someone "might" become a liberal.

U r right on here. Ask a

U r right on here. Ask a lawyer what to do-you likely get another law. They are so many now they cannot enforce them all, and you'll never legislate moral turpitude