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"Help the Child Brides" April 30, 2005 5:38 PM

"Help the Child Brides" 5:36 PM

I'm currently reading the novel, "Under the banner of Heaven," which is in part an expose' of the polygamous practices of the FLDS church. Following is an excerpt from one survivor-turned-advocate's website:

"In April of 2001, Ruby Jessop attempted to break away from an oppressive and abusive isolated community in Colorado City, Arizona after being forced to marry her step-brother. She received insufficient support from government authorities in Utah and Arizona and ended up back under the control of her authoritarian, isolationist community of the FLDS Church polygamists. Since then she's rarely been seen in public, never unescorted. When a girl has tried to run the polygamists isolate them away and re-educate them. Ruby hasn't been able to speak to any outsider since she was returned to the polygamists..."

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Toni, I saw this on Dr. Phil May 04, 2005 5:13 AM

Saw the story about these poor girls on the Dr. Phil show yesterday.  Unreal!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 May 04, 2005 3:16 PM

I watched it too. "Under the Banner of Heaven" provides a really good insight into the lives of the people in this cult/religion, but actually seeing an image of it - one man surrounded by half a dozen wives and thirty-plus children - made that much more of an impact. The more I read about this situation, the more pissed off I am that it is allowed to continue.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
More on this topic May 07, 2005 10:20 PM

I found this article on the web and the first line almost made me choke!

Please read more at the website:

I'll put part of it here:

by Michael L. Tan

THEY'RE married off at the rate of 25,000 each day. That's each day, not each year.

Child brides are those who are married before the age of 18. In several countries, these young marriages are actually the norm. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) gives some startling figures, noting that in Niger, 82 percent of girls would have been married by the age of 18. In Bangladesh, the figure is 75 percent, in Mali it's 63 percent, in Ethiopia and India it's 57 percent.

Some readers are probably not too shocked, having seen teenagers getting married, but when we talk about child brides, we include quite a large number of very young girls. In Nepal, according to the ICRW, 7 percent of girls are married before the age of 10. By the age of 15, 40 percent would have been married.

Again, one could be callous and ask, "So?" Mary, the mother of Jesus, was probably about 14 or 15 when she was pregnant, again reflecting norms that persisted for many centuries in many societies. Many of us, myself included, might in fact have grandmothers or great-grandmothers who were married at a very young age.

Last week I attended the Global Health Council's annual conference in Washington and one of the main themes discussed was early marriage, with several papers discussing the terrible consequences on individuals and on societies of such traditions.

(read more on the web.)

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