Child Bride/Stepmom

The AHA Foundation shared my story last week. We talked about how I technically became a stepmother to a 10 and 13 year old at the age of 15. I don’t think that I can put into words the confusion and just down right unsettling of this situation is to this day. After we had gotten married I remember my new husband talking to his ex wife and mother of his children. Understandably she was extremely upset. I recall her asking him if I had even gotten my period yet. She was justifiably angry with him and his recent actions and was concerned about how it would effect the children. John didn’t feel like he was doing anything wrong.He hung up and laughed saying” she is just jealous that I have a young hot wife” The full article can be found here.

Published by Genevieve Meyer

Genevieve Meyer always felt like a throwaway​ child - a lost cause that no one wanted to invest anything into. "When I was married off at 15 that feeling was solidified. People knew it was going to happen. I even asked for help - a place to live, someone to intervene - but no one rescued me. I was just a 'poor white trash girl' with a difficult, mentally-ill mother and no one gave my being married off to a 42-year-old man a second thought." Child marriage is currently legal in all but one state in the U.S. The repercussions of this reality are real - domestic violence, inability to complete education, lack of job skills - all leading to being trapped in the marriage. Meyer has lived in the Fort Wayne area for 14 years. She recently earned her MBA, following completion of an undergraduate degree at Purdue Fort Wayne. She manages a mental health facility in Fort Wayne which helps children and their families heal from trauma. Driven by her own story of trauma, she works to advocate and educate about the harmful effects of child marriage. She lives in the country with her husband of 12 years, and together they are raising 4 children and several animals.

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