In the blogging community, everyone has the floor at the same time. There is no need to take turns, and this can generate conversation like nothing else. No matter the topic, dozens of conversations can happen at the same time.
I adore Rarasaur, and so when she told me about one such conversation, I was moved. Christine Keith, author of Adventures of a Thrifty Mama, and her son Isaac lost their lives at the hands of her ex-husband, and the blogging community had come together to honor her memory and spread the word about domestic violence and a Memorial Fund and donation drive set up for her surviving children.
Christine wasn’t the only woman murdered at the hands of an abuser that day. Every day, the world over, women are humiliated, beaten, and killed by men – husbands, boyfriends, brothers, fathers. Every day these same men are forgiven, sometimes by law, sometimes by family, almost always by society.
Now is a good time to do something to help a family victimized by domestic violence. Donate to the Christine Keith Memorial Fund. Call the DV hotline for your state and find out if any shelters in your area need holiday decorations, gifts, or meals for families in residence. Be an advocate for a friend.
Always is a good time to help a women in need. Don’t ignore the signs. Listen. Understand that it takes covert operations to escape, and a complete escape isn’t possible with children. Don’t let your silence send a women into another day of suffering.
The Blog Hop – A Conversation About Domestic Violence
In Memory of Christine Keith – Calibamamom
Love Shouldn’t Hurt: In Honor of Christine Keith – The Insomniacs Dream
Dear Friend, Abuse Is Never OK. – Hairpin Turns Ahead
In Honour of Chris Keith – Stop Domestic Violence – My Life. My Son. My Way
A story of a little girl I knew – and why I’m telling you about her – Honest Mom
Fight Or Flight? – Surviving Domestic Abuse – My Life As Lucile
“Last Week [She] Was Killed By Her Husband” – the 818
You are not alone: In memory of Christine Keith – PenPaperPad
Kiss With a Fist – Becoming Super Mommy
I Have a Secret, by Anonymous – DeBie Hive
Talking about teen dating violence with Elin Stebbins Waldal, author of “Tornado Warning” – Midlife at the Oasis
On Domestic Violence: The Resistant Client – The Family Pants
In Memory of Chris Keith – Scary Mommy
Remembering Chris Keith, aka “The Adventures of a Thrifty Mama” – Poor As Folk
In Memory of Chris Keith – Toddling Around Chicagoland
STOP Domestic Violence – In Honor of Christine Keith – Mommy Needs a Martini
Domestic Violence: How Your Old Cell Phone Can Help – Rocks, No Salt Mommy
Shining a Light on Domestic Violence: In Memory of Chris Keith and Her Son Isaac – Raising Wild Things
Red Flags That Could Save You, or Someone You Love. – The Next Step
A Memorial Post – Been There Done That With Kat
When Doing Everything Right Isn’t Enough – Lee Grover