12 and Pregnant – and this isn’t MTV, it’s Real Life

Being from an upper middle-class, white, suburban background, my biggest problem at 12-years-old was what Abrecrombie t-shirt I’d pair with my American Eagle jeans.

I’d like to think that I’ve known true struggle. I feel like tough situations make people better. It not only softens them to the world, but teaches them that if they can live through this, they can live through anything.

The truth of the matter is, I’ve had a rather cushy existience. Did you know that some girls are married and pregnant by the age of 12? And by the age of 14, they’re working as prostitutes to support their families.

These girls have had no other choice in the matter. They have had no education, are from low income backgrounds, and are basically married off to men who are three times their age by their own families.

These women know what struggle is. They have seen the worst of the worst and yet still sacrifice not only their bodies, but their souls, hearts, and livelihood to put food on the table every night for the kids.

And the worst part is, this does not have to happen.

The good news is that you can help. You can give the world the kick in the butt it needs and save these girls from poverty, becoming sex slaves, and even contracting HIV.

The Girl Effect is a movement all about giving these little girls the proper education and tools they need. If they get the chance to go to school, they can learn how to make a living for themselves. If they make a living for themselves, they don’t have to get married off at a young age or sell their bodies to feed their babies.

As a woman who received a proper education and the chance to choose what I want to do with my life, my brain and my body, I want to help these girls have a choice. And I encourage all of you to do the same.

2 responses to “12 and Pregnant – and this isn’t MTV, it’s Real Life

  1. Good stuff Stephanie. The problems are pretty significant, but with the attention that the effort like The Girl Effect is generating, I am hopeful that we will be able to do something about them. This was a good read.
    – Bibhuti

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