Tag : End Child Marriage

Child Marriage Poses Serious Risks to Children

Author: Tahirih Justice Center

Publication: November, 2019

This resource, created by the Tahirih Justice Center’s Forced Marriage Initiative, compiles existing research on the harms of child marriage into a convenient one-pager, useful for advocacy and education on the issue of child marriage in the United States.

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State Regulations Are Failing Our Children: An Analysis of Child Marriage Laws in the United States

Author: Rachel L. Schuman

Publication: May 31, 2019

Laws allowing for child marriage have a long history in U.S. and common law, but are currently receiving increased scrutiny from advocates seeking to prevent the documented harms of early marriage. This article examines whether Congress could legally promote the implementation of a uniform marriage age across states using precedent set in South Dakota v. Dole. Read more.

Protection Versus Rights: Age of Marriage Versus Age of Sexual Consent

Authors: Suzanne Petroni, Madhumita Das, & Susan M Sawyer

Publication: December 5, 2018

As many governments worldwide have raised the legal age of marriage to 18 years, some are also considering raising the age of sexual consent. Without close-in-age exemptions, arguments to align the legal age of sexual consent with that of marriage would restrict the ability of adolescents to legally have sex. The authors find that, because the consideration to marry and to have sex are very different, the minimum ages need not be aligned.

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CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE UNITED STATES: A Serious Problem With a Simple First-Step Solution

Author: Tahirih Justice Center

Published: November 8th, 2016

Child marriage remains a serious problem in present-day America that has devastating, lifelong consequences. Read this backgrounder to learn more about the prevalence of child marriage in the United States, the laws that allow it to persist, and the ways in which it denies young people the opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

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