“When I was younger I thought I had found someone who loved me. Sometimes he did seem to love me. But at other times - after the drugs and the drinking, he became a different person. He would hurt me to the point that I was scared of him. What happened shook me and shattered my self-confidence to rock bottom.
For 8 years I was silent about the abuse, and continued to suffer the emotional scars even after the bruises had long faded. I was afraid people would think I was weak.
In 2014, I went to a conference called One Young World where I heard about other young people overcoming the adversity they had been through. It had a deep effect on me. I couldn’t stop thinking that other people had achieved amazing things and inspired others. I knew I had to do something to help other women and girls who had also gone through abuse.
I set up sTandTall to help women and girls who have been abused and bullied to get back onto their feet, achieve their full potential and sTandTall again."
- Esther Marshall, Founder of sTandTall