Domestic violence survivor turns lessons learned in life’s struggles into women’s empowerment movement

Tiana Marshall’s path in life has come with some hardships.

“I was a child preacher,” she explained. “But I was a little rough, you know? So the plans that were laid out in front of me, but I kind of went the other way.”

As a teenager, she had a child, married and divorced.

“I was also a victim of domestic violence,” she explained. “I was also sexually abused as a child. So I went through some things and it took me a while to realize how much those things affected me. How they kept me from finding out who I really was.”

She decided to use the lessons she had learned to start “Tiana’s Tea”, also called TNT, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring, encouraging and empowering women.

“I feel like women can accomplish so much together. Sometimes we pull away from each other because we look at the outside of a woman, and we don’t know what she’s been through, and we think she can’t relate to what I’ve been through. But a conversation with this woman can tell you a lot. She can not only relate to what you’ve been through, but she can also help you overcome it. And I feel like that’s how we took off,” Marshall said.

To help get women on the right track, Marshall sponsors events throughout the year, like its annual domestic violence and breast cancer events.

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“Women can feel comfortable knowing they don’t have to suffer in silence,” she explained. “They don’t have to suffer alone. They have other women they can talk to. They can reach out and create genuine relationships because we have so many judgments about each other that keep us apart. others.”

Marshall helps women get closer. She has over 4,000 women on her private social media site.

“It debunks the lie that women can’t get along. I feel like we can get along. We can support each other too. We can pray for each other. We can laugh, we can help each other and so that’s what TNT does in a variety of ways.”

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Its goal is to stop the cycle that occurs in dysfunctional families.

“Dysfunctional women tend to give birth to dysfunctional children, which creates dysfunctional families. And so, if we can work on the woman and make her work, then she starts raising functional children, which creates families. functional, which creates a functional society.”

A society that she hopes to help change. Marshall hopes to one day create a brotherhood that will span the country.

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Mara R. Wilmoth