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This article was originally published in Reuters on October 24, 2018. You can access the original article here:

Tahirih’s Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Jeanne Smoot, was quoted in Reuters about how the publicized data and survivor stories of child marriage are helping the public understand the issue.

“We’re getting to at least acknowledgement that children should not be married,” said Smoot.

Survivors of child marriage around the U.S. are leading the charge to end laws that allow child marriage in the U.S. “I don’t understand how other countries comprehend that it’s wrong, but in our country somehow it’s right,” said former child bride Sonora Fairbanks. “I think it’s literally sexual assault … It’s legal rape.”

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