ABOUT

Tasneem was forced into marriage at the age of 15 and is now educating and supporting other victims. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

My name is Sara Tasneem, I advocate publicly to end the practice of forced child marriage in the United States. I also work as a volunteer mentor with young women who need support before, during, or after experiencing forced child marriage.

At fifteen, my father forced me to marry a man who was a complete stranger and almost twice my age. It took me seven years to leave this abusive marriage behind. I am fighting to change laws that allow child marriage in the United States along with other survivors who know all too well about the human rights abuse that is FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE.

Are you a Survivor who needs support? Please visit our support page or email me at tasneemsf333@gmail.com

Please sign our petition to end child marriage in California today: http://chng.it/CmVRqZTX

WHY IS ADVOCACY IMPORTANT TO END CHILD MARRIAGE?

Sharing stories of survival helps raise awareness. I hope that through telling my story I will connect with and empower others, raise awareness, and create positive change.

Why does forced child marriage happen in the United States?

  • Because marriage under 18 years old is legally allowed in 48 states.
  • Because it usually happens to kids who are already suffering from other forms of abuse.
  • Because the parents are the ones who are forcing the marriage, not preventing it

ABOUT THRIVING AFTER SURVIVING

My mission is to create a network for survivors, other advocates, and non-profit organizations who can connect victims with services.

  • Raise public awareness about forced child marriage in the U.S.
  • Develop partnerships for survivors, advocates, and caregivers.
  • Create mentor groups for survivors.
  • Create change through, planning, legislation, action, and support.
  • Connect victims, and survivors with non-profit organizations in their areas.

Curious about my media advocacy? Visit the Survivors Latest News Stories Page

Curious about my story? Visit my Daily Californian Op-Ed published on 5/30/17: https://www.dailycal.org/2017/05/30/child-marriage-laws-ca-act-loopholes-allow-statutory-rape/

I was fifteen years old in this photo, it was taken at my mom’s house in Colorado shortly before I was sent to visit my dad in California where I would be forced to marry a complete stranger.

Child Marriage in Indiana

Survivor Genevieve shares her thoughts on child marriage in Indiana.

Resiliency Foundation

The minimum age for marriage and exceptions are different in each state in the United States. This information is specific to Indiana

In 2019 the minimum age to marry in Indiana is 18. But…you can merry at 17 with only a parents consent. In the case of pregnancy a marriage license can be issued to anyone age 15-16 with both parent consent and approval from a judge. In Indiana 3,108 child were married between 2002-2014. Most of these marriage were minor girls marrying adult men. What is missing from this is an investigation into how this child became pregnant. If the child being married off to cover up a crime? Does the child want to get married? Does this child know that they have options beyond getting married?

I want to share some thoughts with you all on this;

Marriage is supposed to be FOREVER. it evolves not only the…

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