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 email@example.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.