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Child Bride? By Toni L.A. Cross

 Grossly underage marriages are far more common today than you think. In situations where the husband is much older, there is often frequent domestic abuse.

Some Facts:

  • More than 100 million girls in the developing world will be married during the next 10 years.
  • Although the definition of child marriage includes boys, most children married under the age of 18 years are girls.
  • While the practice has decreased globally over the last 30 years, it remains common in rural areas and among the poorest of the poor.
  • In Southern Asia, 48%—nearly 10 million—of girls are married before the age of 18.
  • In Africa, 42% of girls were married before turning 18.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, 29% of girls are married by age 18.

  • Excerpt taken from

    What are you doing

    Taking that life?

    What are you thinking

    This child is your wife?

    What do you want

    To control someone else?

    Why do you beat her

    With your leather belts?

    To crush a spirit

    Is that your game?

    To rule over silence

    A person with no name?

    Then don’t call it marriage

    This dictatorship

    Just call it slavery

    With an overseer’s whip


    About goatgirlbookworm

    My name is Toni Clegg, and I was raised on a farm in the far north of the United States. I love to read and write and I hope to use those hobbies in a greater way in the days to come. One of my passions is using whatever influence I have to make a difference in the world.

    4 responses to “Child Bride? By Toni L.A. Cross

    1. slpmartin

      Some very good information in your post and a fine poem.

    2. Very informative. Heartfelt poem.

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