Child Bride Survivor

Officiants Can Make a Difference

This story is about Maria, a girl who was forced to marry her cousin when she was 16 years old. Marriage officiants have a responsibility to assess the couple before them, and confirm that both parties to a marriage are willing participants. Sadly, Maria’s officiant didn’t.

Maria’s story is one of 20 in the 2020 report Child Marriage in the U.S.: Survivor Story Compilation. We are grateful to the Tahirih Justice Center for shedding light on these stories, and for sharing its report with JPus.

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