In the United States, more than 200,000 minors were married between 2000-2015. Parents may believe early marriage is in their daughter’s best interest, especially if she’s pregnant. But the vast majority of girls who marry before age 18 are harmed for life. They’re separated from their families and friends, and 50 percent more likely to drop out of school. Early marriage doubles a teenager’s chances of living in poverty and triples the likelihood she’ll be beaten by her spouse, compared to married adults. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_marriage_in_the_United_States)

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