This Will Push Pedophile "Marriages" Nationwide

Jul 29, 2022

California’s “child bride” laws take the handcuffs off pedophiles and put them on victims of child sexual abuse. Now a measure in the U.S. Senate seeks to force California’s child marriage laws on the rest of the country. Please help us save the tens of thousands of little girls married off to adult men right here in America. Help us STOP HR 8404/S 4556 by faxing the U.S. Senate today. HR 8404 will allow one “state, territory and possession” of the U.S. to dictate marriage policy for the entire nation.

The vote on this reprehensible bill could happen at any moment. I cannot emphasize enough the critical point and the close vote we face. — Mat

NO Child Brides! STOP HR 8404/S 4556!

A recent study by McGill University shows that at least 23,600 child marriages took place in California from 2000 to 2018. The study found that the majority of these “marriages” were between adolescent and preadolescent girls to adult men, generally at least twice their age. More than 9,000 of those marriages involved children 15 years old and younger. Of those, 1,233 marriages were of 14-, 13- and even 10-year-old girls to adult men.

Nou, who asked that her last name not be used, is one of those children. “I was 12. My husband was 23,” said Nou, a 16-year-old born and raised in California’s Fresno Valley. “He told me he wanted to marry me. He picked me up and took me to his house. I didn’t say yes, and I didn’t say no.” Nou simply did not have a choice in the matter.

“We like them young,” explained Xiong, a member of the Hmong ethnic group in California, who related a common saying among men in their culture: “If you marry a girl your age, by the time she has given you enough children, she will look twice your age.”

Nou was forced to marry the man and had her first child at just 12 years old. As a now 16-year-old high school student, Nou struggles to complete her homework every night as she also cares for her 4-, 3-, 2- and 1-year-old children.

California native Sonora Fairbanks is another of the state’s child bride victims. “I don’t understand how other countries comprehend that it’s [child marriage] wrong, but in our country somehow, it’s right,” Sonora, a former child bride, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I think it’s literally sexual assault. ... It’s legal rape.

Sonora had been groomed from an early age for child marriage. By age 16, her parents had forced her to marry a man 10 years her senior.

“That was the only choice presented to me,” Sonora says. “People saw it as consent because I wasn’t kicking and screaming. But if anyone asked me what I really wanted, I didn’t want that ... I wanted to go to college. I wanted to get a job. I wanted to date people.”

As a minor, Sonora had no rights and no freedom. The law prevented her from getting a driver’s license or even opening a bank account without her husband’s written permission. She couldn’t even flee, as most women’s shelters do not accept minors.

“Your husband can report you as a runaway because you’re under 18. You’ll be brought back to his house,” said Fairbanks, now 40. Sonora would bear eight of her abuser’s children before she was finally able to escape.

According to the U.S. State Department, underage marriage, including at age 16 or 17, is “human rights abuse.”

Federal law prohibits sex with a child aged 12 to 15 but specifically exempts those who first marry the child. Too often, “MAPs,” aka “Minor Attracted Persons” (a new euphemism for pedophiles) are able to hide their crimes by “marrying” the child they have raped. This effectively takes the handcuffs off the pedophile rapist and puts them on their child victims.

California law allows children of any age to marry adults, masking statutory rape by “minor attracted persons.” But if HR 8404 (S 4556 in the Senate) passes, all states will be forced to accept and endorse California’s sick child bride pedophile marriage laws.

Help us stop this madness and protect children NOW. Please fax the Senate and tell them NO CHILD BRIDES! VOTE NO on HR 8404!

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