BEING FORCED TO MARRY
Nobody has the right to force you to do something you don't want to do. Some families force their children to marry because they:
- think it’s an important part of religion or culture
- are worried about the family’s reputation and honour (in some cultures also known as 'izzat')
- want all of the family’s money to stay together
- want to marry their children off in exchange for money
- don’t approve of their child being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender
- don’t want their children to have relationships or sex
- feel pressured by the community or other family members to follow traditions
- want to keep family values and honour.
But none of these reasons are okay. And nobody has the right to force you into marriage.
More information and support on Forced Marriage can be found on the ChildLine website at Forced marriage | Childline.
If you are worried about yourself or somebody else being forced into marriage, contact the Safeguarding Team at the Academy on 01484 222230.