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Uncovering the problem of forced marriage in the U.S.

Uncovering the problem of forced marriage in the U.S.

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: But, first: Today on Capitol Hill, a Senate hearing looked into ending the practice overseas of child marriage. But what wasn’t examined thousands of American girls and women here in the United States who are forced into marriage every year.
In the first of two parts, special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: For Nina Van Harn, raising her children today is a radical departure from her own upbringing.
NINA VAN HARN, Married at 19: My childhood was part magical, and part complicated.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: She was raised in rural Michigan on a 40-acre farm in a tight-knit community that practiced a conservative form of evangelical Christianity. Its members largely kept to themselves, more “Little House on the Prairie” than modern-day America.
Growing up, she always knew one day was coming. She recorded its arrival in her diary.
NINA VAN HARN: “Dear Kit (ph)” — that was the