Dawn Tyree was 13 when she began to suffer sexual harassment from a friend of her family. A year later, as a result of these violations, she became pregnant. The reaction of her parents, instead of filing a complaint with the police, was to force her to marry her rapist, who was then 33 years old. Dawn, whose story this week in The New York Times the columnist Nicholas Kristof, became one of the thousands of girls and minors who are forced to marry each year in the United States.

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