I just returned from back-to-back industry conferences. Each year when I meet new people and say I’m from Idaho, more of them actually have experience with our state. They mention the fishing or talk about how they’d like to visit our beautiful public lands.
This time, though, Idaho found itself back in the national news while I was away. Unfortunately, it was part of a news story about child marriage in the United States. Instead of having the pleasure of talking about the many things that make our state a great place to live, I had to try to explain why Idaho has the highest rate of child marriage in the country.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense