City Council Restores Funds for Teen RAPP New York City’s own Public School-Based Domestic Violence Prevention and Anti-Bullying Program

June 28 – New York City – Members of the New York City Council voted to include funding for the Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) in the City’s FY12 budget.  Thousands of school-children in intermediate and high schools will now have access to the nation’s largest teen dating violence and bullying prevention program.

With one in seven NYC high school students physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner, Teen RAPP is a crucial school-based program serving some 50,000 students each year in 65 middle and high schools in all five boroughs— at a cost of only $3 million annually. The New York City Council restored $2 million in the budget’s Schedule C.

Teen RAPP is the largest early intervention program to prevent adolescent violence and bullying in the nation.

The Teen RAPP Summer Leadership Program will begin next week, teaching teens in all boroughs how to end teen dating violence.