These informational seeds continued to germinate until her ex kicked in the front door of their home. But I grabbed my younger one, got into the family car, and drove away," she says. Reiss eventually got a college degree, found a job and left the insular Orthodox world of her youth.
What this means is that you are, in fact, forced in terms of societal pressure.Three years after the UK law was passed, the US State Department tentatively entered the fray, acknowledging the problem of forced marriage as "one entered into without full consent and under duress where the individual has no right to choose a partner or ability to say no." The question is what to do about it, especially since the United States has 50 different policies for seeking services, getting protection orders and consenting to matrimony. "We used the snowball method and got responses from 47 states and Guam."Forced marriage is an increasingly hidden issue in this country," Heiman says. What we found is that forced marriages occur everywhere, hitting people of all social classes and ethnic and religious backgrounds." These findings led Tahirih to create a national working group of organizations which meets regularly to discuss policy issues and formulate recommendations, encourage dialogue between groups, and share best practices."The first time I met him I did not like him," she says."He was huge, very overweight, but I'd been taught that appearance didn't matter." On the plus side, she noticed that he had a lot of energy and was often fun.