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I would like to introduce to the world a young woman with a passion and a drive to keep her sister’s memory alive and to not let the death of her only sister be forgotten. Her beloved sister was murdered, shot at point blank range by her then fiancé in the heart of New York. Her sister was a victim of domestic violence.

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Help Jyoti Hardat with her cause to bring domestic violence to the global stage. Donate to her cause at the link. Proceeds received goes to this cause. Don’t let her sister’s death be forgotten. Make a difference today.

Below is a letter I received from Ms. Jyoti Hardat. I would like to share it with you to see and feel the powerful message from this young woman.

“My name is Jyoti Hardat. I am 25 years old with Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a passion for life! I was previously an Official State Finalist for Miss New York USA and I am currently a candidate for the Miss Guyana Universe 2014 Pageant.

The reason I am competing for the crown is simple: I am a firsthand witness to the effects of domestic violence and I have equipped myself, over the years, with the tools I need to help make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors, as well as, to educate in order to prevent this from happening in our future generations. With the crown, I can gather a wider audience for my movement.

My older and only sister, Guiatree Hardat, was 22 years old and 2 days short of 11 months when she was murdered by the cold blooded, delusional individual who was supposed to be her protector, her fiancé. He was also a New York City Transit cop and sadly, one of our own Guyanese.

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Guiatree Hardat – June 12, 1984 – May 10, 2007. RIP

Domestic violence is not an issue that is to be taken lightly. Domestic violence and particularly the abuse of women by their male partners, is among the most common and dangerous forms of gender-based violence. The troubling thing is, some victims don’t even know that they are being abused until it’s too late. My sister was one of them. Too far in to realize this behavior was unacceptable, she did not fight back.

For years after the incident, I was too numb to retaliate. I felt helpless as I watched the news only to learn of other victims of abuse. There was always another mother, girlfriend, sister, wife or child dying from violence.

Today, that has changed. I am fed up of standing on the side lines. I am fed up of watching and wishing I could do something to help these innocent lives from suffering such a heinous fate. I competed in the Miss New York USA 2014 Pageant, representing 82nd Street, back in January of this year. 82nd Street is the street on which my sister was murdered, at the bus stop, at dusk. I started my fight there. With this national pageant, I am bringing my fight to my home country of Guyana.

My participation in the Miss Guyana Universe pageant will hopefully enable me to attain a voice and platform to reach a larger audience. I want to use this as a stepping stone to my goal of telling Guiatree Hardat’s story and the story of every victim of domestic violence out there. I have seen how previous winners have earned the respect of their people and I wish to do the same, in the regards that it will give me access to their ears. I want them to listen, to wake up and to help combat the issues we are facing, together. I want to help change their mindset and to create a domino effect as I take it globally.” Jyoti Hardat

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