Lindsay Ann Burke Act
Separate and independent of the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, Lindsay’s family and friends successfully pursued passage of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act.
In July, 2007 the Lindsay Ann Burke Act became law in Rhode Island. Proposed by Attorney General Patrick Lynch, on behalf of the Burke family, the bill was sponsored by Senator Beatrice Lanzi and Representative Eileen Naughton.
This law requires:
1. Each school district to develop a dating violence policy to address incidents of
dating violence that occur at school and inform parents of such policy
2. Each school district to provide dating violence training to administrators,
teachers, nurses and mental health staff at the middle and high school levels
3. Each school district to teach an age-appropriate dating violence curriculum through health education
classes every year in grades 7 through 12
4. Dating violence awareness trainings for parents are strongly recommended.
5. Verification of compliance with the Rhode Island Department of Education on an annual basis through the annual school health report
For the exact text of the law visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law07/law07490.htm
In accordance with the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 2008 TO ESTABLISH A TEEN DATING VIOLENCE POLICY. (Please see the law for more info on this) To view the Rhode Island Department of Education’s model policy, called “A Guide to Preventing Bullying, Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Violence in Rhode Island Schools” click on the links below:
www.thriveri.org/documents/Guide_Bullying_TDV_RI.pdf or www.ride.ri.gov then click on Inside RIDE, more…, Education Policy, and “A Guide to Preventing Bullying, Teen Dating Violence, and Sexual Violence in RI Schools
To view more information on bullying and dating violence go to www.thriveri.org and click on Social Environment.
June 2008 – National Assn of Attorneys General passed a resolution supporting the Lindsay Ann Burke Act and teen dating violence education in all states To view resolution go to http://www.naag.org/resolutions
Dec 2008 – National Foundation of Women Legislators pass resolution supporting the Lindsay Ann Burke Act and teen dating violence education in all states
June 2009 Nebraska passes the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Atty Gen Jon Bruning sponsored the law
Dec 2009 Ohio passes Lindsay’s law called the Tina Croucher Act
Teen Dating Violence
Dating violence, like domestic violence, is a pattern of controlling, and abusive behaviors of one person over another within a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse. It can occur in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It knows no boundaries and crosses all lines of race, socio-economic status, etc.
It CAN happen to ANYONE.