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This article was originally published in Atlanta Journal Constitution on April 26, 2019. You can access the original article here: on-ajc.com/2vanmcs.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on a bill addressing the issue of child marriage in Georgia, quoting Tahirih Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy Jeanne Smoot.

“Early marriage is near-guaranteed to skew the arc of a girl’s life — particularly if she’s already at-risk — into a downward spiral of insecurity, instability, dependence and vulnerability,” Smoot said. “All these risks also affect the ability of a girl or woman to get to safety and to take care of herself in the event of domestic violence or divorce.”

Read the full article here.