Monday, June 4, 2018

An American 13-Year-Old, Pregnant and Married to Her Rapist

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Dawn Tyree was 11 years old when a family friend began to molest her. A bit more than a year later, she became pregnant from these rapes, and her parents found out what had been going on. But they didn’t go to the police; instead, they found another solution.“It was decided for me that I would marry him,” Tyree recalled.
So Tyree, then 13, was married to her rapist, then age 32. She became one of the thousands of underage American girls who are married each year, often sacrificing their futures to reduce embarrassment to their parents. Statutory rape is thus sanctioned by the state as marriage, and the abuser ends up not in handcuffs but showered with wedding gifts.
Our State Department protests child marriage in Africa and Asia (worldwide, a girl 14 or younger is married every 11 seconds, according to Save the Children), but every state in America allowed child marriages. That has finally changed. Last month Delaware became the first state to ban all child marriages, without exception.


  1. How is this different then the Torah stance in rape and marrying her rapist??

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  3. The Torah gives her the option to force him; it doesn't require her to.

  4. 1: That is only if she wants.
    2: That was written for a totally different society, where it was given as an opportunity for a woman who might otherwise be viewed as "damaged goods" and unable to find a husband.


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