Forced marriage is a marriage that takes place without the consent of one or both people in the marriage. Sometimes family members will threaten or use force to make someone consent to marriage. This issue does not just affect female victims; research suggests that 15 percent of the cases involve male victims.
The U.S. Department of State views forced marriage as a human rights abuse and, in the case of minors, a form of child abuse. If you are a U.S. citizen and the victim of a forced marriage overseas, you can:
For more information: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/forced-marriage