Child marriage in America

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer cannot even imagine being married at age 24, much less 14 and subjected to a forced arranged marriage. It’s unfathomable, but for many young women – even in the U.S. – this is a reality. Here is one woman’s unforgettable story of her life as a child bride.

“On the morning of October 19, 1983, 14-year-old Trevicia Williams’ goal was to land the role of Annie in the school play. Over 32 years later, she remembers these details so well because it turned out to be the day she got married. Trevicia exited her Houston-based high school, hands filled with textbooks, and walked to her mother’s car. She got in the backseat as her mother turned around and said, ‘You’re getting married today.’


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