Local Teens Desperate to Help Stop Honor Killings

January 22, 2011 Updated Jan 22, 2011 at 12:34 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 22, 2011 Updated Jan 22, 2011 at 12:34 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Young Iranian girls are forced into abusive, temporary marriages. Their heart wrenching personal stories were shared by muslim author Nadia Shahram at Buffalo Seminary all girls high school, and the stories struck a chord with the teens even though they live in a completely different world.

"Reading about how girls younger than me are getting married off and how they're abused by their husbands and beaten and really looked down on by all of society, that seemed really wrong," said Eliza Hopkins, a sophomore at Buffalo Seminary.

"It's a horrible thing when you can't really turn for people to help, and I just hope that those girls know that here in Buffalo Seminary they have support," said Jourdan Green, also a sophomore at Buffalo Seminary.

Shahram spoke to the students about countless cases of so called honor killings that happen right here in the U.S., perpetrated by muslim men who kill their daughters, wives and other relatives for being to westernized or disobeying their husbands.

Shahram was driven to explore the topic after the 2009 beheading death of Assiya Hassan in Orchard Park.

"She did everything, every strong young woman should do in such an abusive situation, but still, she was killed," said Shahram.

Although Shahram appeared as a guest on Hassan's Muslim-American television network, she did not know Assiya very well. But after attending everyday of the trial for her murder this week, "I respect her so much more now that I'm coming to know in detail, she really tried her best to get out," said Shahram.