Thousands of children as young as aged 12 are getting married in the United States. It is estimated that 91% of children whom are forced into arranged marriages are married to adults, in which the age difference could trigger charges for statutory rape. Many states have not updated their archaic marriage laws and in turn, this has put the lives of many innocent children at risk.
Only 10 states or jurisdictions in the United States have specific laws that can be used to prevent or punish forced marriage. This means that out of 50 states in America only 1 out of five are working to stop forced marriage. This is unacceptable!
The United States' "parental consent" loophole has allowed children to fall victim to their parents' decisions. Children are forced into marrying due to "religious" excuses. Other children are used as an object to get their families more money and economic stability, like a business deal!
America prides itself for giving its people freedom, yet nobody is stepping up to ensure that those children, whom have nobody to look up to but their parents, are safe and not being taken advantaged of! Let's save these innocent children whom have bright futures ahead of them and deserve to reach their full potential in life!To US Congress:
Only 10 states or jurisdictions in the United States have specific laws that can be used to prevent or punish forced marriage. We must work together to change this number of only 10 states to all 50!
The solution is simple. State legislators must eliminate the legal exceptions that allow children to wed prior to the age of 18. This is the only way we can put an end to child forced marriages in the United States. No child should fall victim to this disgusting choice! Let’s put an end to child forced marriages in the US!