Child Marriage?! More Likely Than You Think

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Gressa Gaustad, Journalist

Often living in America, we have a disconnect of what is still happening around us. We as teens often fail to realize that occurrences such as child marriages aren’t just happening in a far off foreign land, but right in your country.

Furthermore more than half of the states in the U.S. do not have set ages that they require for marriage. This lack of law is problematic, in some cases allowing girls as young as eleven be married against their will to their rapist.
Recently, Texas governor Greg Abbott, signed a law banning marriage under the age of eighteen. This is a crucial move in the fight against child marriage because Texas holds the highest rate for child marriage in the country. This is the first step of many to stop child marriage in the United States.
Ruiz-Grossman, Sarah. “Texas Just Banned Child Marriage.” Huffington Post. N.p., 16 June 2017. Web. 15 Aug. 2017.
Kristof, Nicholas. “11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida.” The New York Times. N.p., 26 May 2017. Web. 16 Aug. 2017.