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South Carolina Strategy 

Underage Marriage Prevalence in South Carolina:

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 1,368 minors aged 15-17 in South Carolina are currently trapped in child marriages as of 2018, a startling 7 children per thousand. But, because this doesn’t include the thousands of survivors who have escaped child marriage, 1,368 is actually a significant underestimate of this widespread abuse. Read about America’s shameful child marriage statistics to learn more about this nationwide crisis. 

Underage Marriage Prevalence in South Carolina:

South Carolina has an age floor of 16. 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 South Carolina Underage Marriage Laws:

In 2018, South Carolina raised their minimum marital age to 16 with both parental and judicial approval. Today, State Senators Bradley Hutto and Katrina Shealy are trying to capitalize on that momentum by eliminating child marriage completely. South Carolina legislators are working across the aisle to protect countless numbers of children, and Students Against Child Marriage is determined to see that South Carolina becomes the fifth U.S. state to ban underage marriage. Read more about the progress that we’re making and nationwide reform efforts. 

Take Action Against Child Marriage in South Carolina:

We are currently in conversation with lawmakers to determine what actions you can take to ensure lifesaving child marriage reform is passed in South Carolina. Sign up for our South Carolina Action List to be notified immediately once we have actions available.

In the meantime, get involved with Students Against Child Marriage and spread the word to end American underage marriage now!

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