Dem proposes grants to inform date rape victims of legal rights

Under the current program, grants are available for local education agencies that provide training for school staff to deal with children who are affected by these incidents, along with educational programing and support services.

The bill would allow the grants to be used for educational programs to include information about "legal rights available to teenage victims of dating violence."

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The legislation finds that girls and women between 16 and 24 are most vulnerable to domestic violence and "intimate partner violence." It says one third of teens report some form of abuse while in a relationship, and about 20 percent of adolescent girls report being physically or sexually hurt by a dating partners.

But it also finds that teens have little knowledge about their legal options when this happens.

"Teenagers who are the victims of dating violence often do not know the legal actions they can take to put an end to the violence they are experiencing," the bill says. "These teenagers often do not inquire into legal actions they can take because of the perceived stigma of dating violence."

Kelly was elected to the House in a special election in April, and took the seat that was held by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).