The Pros And Cons Of Forced Marriage

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According to Reiss F. (2015), in the United States today, thousands of children under the age of 18 have recently taken marital vows- mostly girls married adult men. People have tried arguing that it is illegal since they would be considered underage, but with parental consent it is legal. Women who started off as strong and independent slowly finished off as scared and ashamed. The women were scared because they had no say in denying the marriage and they couldn’t stop whatever was occurring, such as sexual contact, or abuse. They were ashamed because their friends would judge them if they ended up having children and just for how their lives changed. From possibly living with family and going to school, to then move away from your family…show more content…
When people think of forced marriage they think of arranged marriage and they are not the same at all. Forced marriage involves abuse, and fraud. Arranged marriage is where the bride and groom are selected by their families and they don 't have any issues and it 's usually a religious form of marriage. The women or men do not feel safe when forced, and they feel as if they do not have a choice to say…show more content…
Majority of the time violence is present and others have found ways to get out of forced marriage. Women and men are both victims, they can really have a life changing occurrence from forced marriage. They never want to object to the marriage because their parents already gave consent and they want to honor their families. Forced marriages have changed lives so much and no one realizes that others are going through becoming abused or forced into doing something they do not want to do, especially at such a young age. The stakes in a forced marriage mean that there is always an internal family struggle between, on one side, the parents or relatives who apply various forms of pressure to enforce their decision, and on the other, the people to be married who use various strategies to reverse that
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