Child Abuse

Wyoming Republicans Seek to Kill Proposed Anti-Child Marriage Law

The Wyoming Republican Party is planning to stop a proposed bill that seeks to place a minimum age requirement for marriage from being passed into law, despite being sponsored by a Republican lawmaker.

The proposed bill plans to set the minimum age for marriage to 18 years old. Exceptions remain for 16 and 17-year-olds as long as they can obtain parental permission. Wyoming Republican and Representative Dan Zwonitzer proposed the measure.

Criminal Trial Exposes Child Marriage Practices in Turkey

A Turkish woman’s parents and husband are now on trial for child and sexual abuse charges after she was forced to marry her husband when she was six years old, bringing attention to religious sects in the Muslim-majority country.

Catholic Churches Fight to Maintain Loophole in Child Sex Abuse Reporting

Religious organizations in the US defended a loophole allowing clergy not to report child abuse cases. In 2020, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City heavily opposed House Bill 90 (HB90) in Utah.

The Catholic church argued that the “bill would violate the confidentiality of the confessional seal.” In February, the Catholic church gathered 9,000 signed letters from its parishioners and sent them to Rep. Angela Romero, the bill’s author.

American Students Sing Religious Oath of Loyalty to Iran's Supreme Leader

Muslim children in Houston, Texas, sang an Islamic religious song with lyrics swearing allegiance to Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader.

Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri, a London-based journalist of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, tweeted a video of the children singing. According to Jazayeri, Iran is "recruiting child soldiers in the U.S."

Iranian Teen Girl Honored Killed by Father For "Laughing with Boy at Park"

An honor-based family murder in a small town in the Fars province of Iran has once again sparked debates on the lack of laws to prevent “honor-killing” in Iran.

On June 27, the father of Ariana Lashkari shot the sixteen-year-old girl in the chest with a hunting rifle for allegedly laughing with a boy at a park, which he considered a disgrace to the family.

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