More than 200,000 children under 18 were married from 2000 to 2015 in the U.S., according to a report released Wednesday.
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August 30, 2017
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Tags: Child Marriage, Children & Juvenile, Crime Victims
Organizations mentioned/involved: Tahirih Justice Center
The vast majority were underage girls who married adult men.
“America really does have a child marriage problem,” said Jeanne Smoot, author of the report. “It hurts children here, just as it does globally, and we are overdue to tackle it.”
While most states set a minimum age of 18 to marry, they typically allow exceptions if children have parental consent, or if a judge approves the union.