Many Americans believe “Child marriage only happens in other countries.” Think again. Child marriage is an open secret and legal in 45 U.S. states. Each year in the United States, children are forced and coerced into marriages. In fact, approximately 300,000 girls were married in the years 2000-2018 in the United States. The consequences of early marriage pervade a victim’s life for years after the marriage begins. Child marriage adversely affects the victim’s health, education, and employment opportunities. Additionally, more than 89% of child marriage victims often become victims of domestic abuse and abandonment. The lost childhood creates a perpetual loop of entrapment for victims as education and financial independence are the tools they need to acquire the resources to free themselves from a forced or coerced marriage. In addition, victims of child marriage face tremendous challenges in obtaining access social service and access to legal support in obtaining divorce.
Many state lawmakers are not aware of this issue as laws have not been changed in decades. We ask you to help us in our quest to educate citizens and lawmakers. ADVOCATE with us here.
Nine Cities have passed resolutions!
Recently the Tustin City Council unanimously (5-0) passed a resolution to end Child Marriage on the evening of Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The resolution was led by then Mayor Letitia Clark. Many thanks to the Tustin City Council for advancing our cause to end this form of child abuse! We have now passed resolutions in Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Culver City, and Tustin. We thank Mayor Farrah Khan, Councilmember Dr. Jose Moreno, Councilmember Diane Dixon, Mayor Peggy Huang, Mayor Trish Kelley, and Mayor Katrina Foley respectively for their leadership in passing the resolution in their cities. Are you ready to end this form of child abuse and pass one in your city or county? ADVOCATE with us here.
Child Marriage Laws Protect Abusers.
The causes of child marriage are nuanced and complex. In many cases, children are wed involuntarily by parental consent. Children do not have the legal protections for their own self-determination. Conversely, child marriage laws protect adult perpetrators and rapists by legitimizing relationships with children period. The female victims are trapped in marriages they can’t escape. These child marriages protect adult sexual predators from being held accountable for their actions in the court of law.
“Instead of putting the handcuffs on him and sending him to prison, they put the handcuffs on me and imprisoned me in a marriage.”
-Sherry Johnson, Child Marriage Activist
We Can End the Abuse of Children by Ending Child Marriage.
Global Hope 365 supports the rights of children to have a safe childhood free from child marriage. Our nonprofit supports the rights of children and prevents marriage until the age of 18 with no exceptions, in any and all circumstances. State laws that allow for marriage when a girl is pregnant, may end up protecting a rapist. Join our fight to protect the freedom, health, and education of children.