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A Letter To Her: Join Our BLOGATHON Around Domestic Violence

Posted: June 12, 2017

No one wants to talk about the violence present inside our homes – it’s private, isn’t it? Thankfully, things are changing – join this blogathon, A Letter To Her, and let’s begin talking about the elephant in the room.

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

So goes a popular question that tries to answer whether something ‘really exists’ or not.

That’s what the situation is like when it comes to Domestic Violence. Everyone knows that it happens to somebody, somewhere…but we stay out of it. After all, it’s a ‘private matter’, and so, if we don’t know about it, it’s not ‘really’ happening!

That’s why, radical author Meena Kandasamy’s latest novel, When I Hit You comes as much needed shock treatment. An account of an abusive marriage, it forces us to examine our notions of what domestic abuse really is. Is it the common notion of being slapped and kicked alone, or can it include the taking over of your email passwords as well? Can abuse be psychological, the wearing down of one’s energy and passion, the taking over of your identity?

Join us with leading publishers Juggernaut on a blogathon where we seek to follow Meena and shout out loud – that domestic violence is no longer that dirty little secret we will hush up.

Blogathon Theme

What if a loved one – a friend, a sister, a neighbour, a colleague, your mother, perhaps you yourself – were going through domestic violence? Could you imagine this happening? Or have you known such a situation?

What would you say to give her the strength and support she needs? What do you wish you could say?

Write A Letter To Her.

Whether it is to offer her practical support, mental courage or just to let her know that she is not alone – imagine what you would say, or share a letter that is based on what you actually did.

Updates

These 8 posts have been especially recognised by Juggernaut Books and Women’s Web in the #ALetterToHer blogathon for their role in spreading awareness about domestic violence.

Tanvi Sinha for her post, A Letter To My Daughter, where she reiterates, “The shame belongs to the person who deserves it – the perpetrator.”

Seema Taneja for her post, A letter To Her, where she writes from the perspective of a man who has seen his mother survive domestic violence, and knows that the scars of such violence run deep.

Balaka (Trina) for her post, Dear Aisha, in which she writes as the ‘other woman’ who finds solidarity with the wife of her lover, saying, “Aisha, I always thought he loved me. I thought he was extremely unhappy with you and one day he would divorce you and marry me. How foolish I was. He never loved any girl. Women were just something to fulfil his physical desires.”

Deepali Adhikary, for her post, Unseen Bruises & Unheard Screams, where she discusses a deceptively ‘perfect’ marriage where the violence is not physical, but nonetheless exists.

Kasturi Patra, for her post, I Am With You, which shares a story of an abusive brother, who will go on to become an abusive husband. As she says, “I was not matured enough to understand that I was just a punching bag and once I was gone, he’d channelize his anger on someone else.”

Juveria Tabassum, for her post, Spills To Remember You By, an evocative poem on the subject of domestic violence.

Meenal Sonal, for the post, Stand Against Dear Ones, which is again a poem encouraging women to stand firm.

Ell P, for her post, Daddy’s Little Girl, a post that socks you with its visceral narration of a woman who has gone from facing violence at the hands of her father to that of a partner.

Rules & Terms

  • Write this post on your own blog. You can write as many posts as you like, and there is no word limit. You are welcome to make a video or any other kind of post too.
  • Add a note on why you would like to read a copy of Meena Kandasamy’s new book, When I Hit You, including the book link
  • Share your blogpost link here below in the comments.
  • Go ahead, share your blogpost with the world, with the hashtag #ALetterToHer.
  • Women’s Web will be sharing your post on all our social media too!
  • 5 of the best posts will be showcased in our newsletter, and will win goodies from Juggernaut Books too.

Dates

Make sure you have your post up by 30th June 10 PM IST!

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  1. Pooja Sharma Rao

    Here is my first one for the blogathon,hope tp write more for this cause close to my heart.
    http://poojasharmarao.blogspot.in/2017/06/the-woman-who-used-to-be-alettertoher.html

  2. Akshata Ram

    My post -https://akswrites.com/2017/06/14/set-yourself-free-and-see-how-beautiful-life-can-be-lettertoher/

  3. Kanika G

    Here is my post for the blogathon #ALettertoHer titled The First Step

    https://sites.google.com/site/kanikagebooks/blog-1/makeaplan

  4. Meha Sharma

    Here is my post for the blogathon #Alettertoher ! A wonderful initiative indeed ..
    https://oflifeanditsfollies.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/my-long-lost-friend/

  5. Hello,
    People who have already read the book, When I Hit You, would they be eligible for participation in this blogathon?

    Sujata

  6. Sonal Kothari

    Here’s my post for #Blogathon and #ALetterToHer, #AFightAgainstDomesticViolence
    Please follow the link – https://lifepastone.blogspot.in/2017/06/alettertoher.html

  7. Aruna Menon

    Here’s the link to my post. https://ripplesnreflectiontimes.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/a-mother-writes/

    I would like to read http://bit.ly/Meenabk2 Meena Kandasamys book as I have always admired her brand of writing. Looking forward.

  8. Sonal Kothari

    Here’s my second post for #Blogathon and #ALetterToHer, #AFightAgainstDomesticViolence
    Please follow the link – https://lifepastone.blogspot.in/2017/03/now-i-know.html

  9. Meryl Mammen Kurien

    Hey there,

    Thought I’d share my #LettertoHer even if its a poem ;). Thank you, Women’s Web for the opportunity.

    https://contemplationrevived.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/to-a-woman-of-strength-alettertoher/

    I wonder why the link to Meena’s book isn’t working, though.

    Regards
    Meryl

  10. Tina Sequeira

    Here goes my submission entry #ALetterToHer for the Blogathon theme on Domestic Violence –

    http://tinatells.blogspot.in/2017/06/a-letter-to-her-hurry-get-in-drivers.html

  11. Here is my submission entry #ALetterToHer for the Blogathon theme on Domestic Violence –
    https://creativelifestar.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/6516/

  12. Dear Women’s web,

    Plz find the link to my post #ALetterToHer below.

    Though emancipation of women is the talk on the walk, yet there are so many domestic violence cases that goes unregistered.

    My post is for those silent survivors and I strive to kindle an ethereal fire in them to strip off their vulnerability and to get their power back.

    Check it here : https://charvijoy.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/a-letter-to-her/

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  14. Sonnal Pardiwala

    #ALetterToHer Here is my post for the #blogathon Lie in your Excreta or Choose to find a Purpose to Life, Break away plan it, Execute it. There is hope only if you were to shake your self imposed Bane. Get your Carcass out and Breath life into it.

    http://angelsdivinelight.blogspot.in/2017/06/a-letter-to-her.html

  15. Here is my blog post #ALetterToHer

    https://nagpurgirl.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/a-letter-to-her/

    Thanks for this opportunity. Harshita

  16. Here is my entry for the Blogathon #ALetterToHer

    http://soulmom.in/domestic-violence-not-just-physical-violence-alettertoher/

    Thank you for touching upon this sensitive topic.

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