Underage Marriage Prevalence in Oregon:
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 898 minors aged 15 to 17 in Oregon are currently trapped in child marriages as of 2018, a startling 6 children per thousand. But, because this doesn’t include the thousands of survivors who have escaped child marriage, 898 is actually a significant underestimate of this widespread abuse. Read about America’s shameful child marriage statistics to learn more about this nationwide crisis.
The Statutes Which Enable Child Marriage in Oregon:
Oregon sets 17 as its lowest possible marital age. A minor can be married with the consent of just one parent or guardian—judicial approval is not required, and there is no mechanism to determine if the child actually consents to the marriage. This practice destroys the lives of countless young girls across the United States. Check out our State Statute Database to see the laws in your state.
We’re Making Progress to Reform Oregon’s Underage Marriage Laws:
A bill to raise Oregon’s minimum marital age to 18 was introduced by State Representative Sherri Schouten in June, 2019. The bill is currently stuck in conference in the House Commitee on the Judiciary, and Students Against Child Marriage is determined to see it passed. If Oregon approves this measure, they will become the fifth U.S. state to completely ban child marriage. Read more about the progress that we’re making and nationwide reform efforts.
Take Action Against Child Marriage in Oregon:
We are currently in conversation with lawmakers to determine what actions you can take to ensure lifesaving child marriage reform is passed in Oregon. Sign up for our Oregon Action List to be notified immediately once we have actions available.