Last year over 48,000 Australian children were proven to have been abused or neglected. Young girls in particular are especially vulnerable, and are two to three times more likely to be abused than boys.
One girl who can relate to this shocking statistic, is Lindsay. After suffering from a young age at the death of her much loved grandmother, and seeing her parent’s marriage fall apart, Lindsay’s life seemed to go in a down-ward spiral.
Living with her Dad, Lindsay missed out on having an older-woman figure in her life.
‘Growing up without a mother around, I grew up more quicker than most and had no choice but to become very independent at an early age. I was often the one looking after my younger sister when dad went out. I thought I knew everything.’
Things didn’t improve, Lindsay felt isolated and out of control, and being bullied by the older girls at her school didn’t help the situation.
‘I became negative and rebelled. I had no self-control and didn’t care about anything, I suffered in silence. I’d lost my self-belief. No one understood me,’ explains Lindsay.
Luckily, Lindsay has a brighter ending to her story. After hearing about SISTER2Sister, Lindsay’s life soon saw a turn for the better. After meeting Kathy, Lindsay’s Big Sister, Lindsay’s was encouraged in the right direction. Lindsay enrolled in Bradfield Senior College, where she felt more comfortable and able to be herself. She also developed her relationship with her mother.
Kathy and Lindsay.
‘It opened my eyes. I became close with my mum; finally receiving that mother daughter time I’d always desired. The college made me closer with my mum because it gave her a deep insight of what type of person I am, what I want to do and how hard I’m willing to work to achieve success. I’m being a role model for my sister. My life was mending itself and things only got better when I started college.’
Step Up for SISTERHOOD Week will take place from Monday November 17 until Friday November 21. A whole week dedicated to raising money for those in need, just like Lindsay, by encouraging men and women across the country to exchange their casual shoes for their favourite statement ‘step-up’ shoes.