' These are all forms of emotional abuse that are tricky to spot." It's for those reasons that local organizations, including TAP and TCFV, have worked tirelessly to get laws passed to help promote education and eradicate domestic violence at the teen level.
In spring 2007, the Legislature passed HB 121, which added Section 37.0831 to the Texas Education Code.
The law also requires the development of programs that districts can use to address the legal, professional and social consequences of sexting and make available to parents and students in a grade level the district considers appropriate.
A student who is the victim of sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault by another student at the same campus must, upon parental request, be transferred to a different campus than the offender or to a neighboring school district.
If the victim chooses not to transfer, the board must transfer the offender to a different campus, or an Alternative Education Program (AEP) or Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), if there is only one campus in the district at that grade level.
"Too often, adults tell kids that they can't have the kinds of feelings they're having because of their age," explains Gloria Terry, CEO of Texas Council on Family Violence.
"This message contributes to the disconnect between parents and youth, leaving space for unhealthy or violent behaviors between young people to take root." "Our fear is that victims will confuse early warning signs and red flags for romance, or 'puppy love,'" says Jennifer Blackman, the director of development and communications at the Texas Advocacy Project.