Breaking my silence -- healing thrives in conversation | Jodie Ortega | TEDxRenfrewCollingwood

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. On a mission to foster dialogue and start a domino effect, an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse raps and shares her own story, how it is linked to shame, and the important role Hip Hop has played in her healing journey. After a standing ovation at the 2012 Montreal Massacre Memorial following her first speech, Jodie Ortega continues to publicly break her silence using the most powerful communication tool she owns: her voice. With a Diploma in Broadcast Performing Arts and a firm belief that healing thrives in conversation, she applies the power and simplicity of dialogue to create conversations that lead to awareness about sexual violence. As an advocate and artist, Jodie’s Hip Hop dance programs focus on building self-esteem and communication skills in at-risk youth. Her accomplishments have been recognized by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. Jodie’s 365 Days of Gratitude: Sexual Abuse Survivor Edition can be found via Twitter @dontrunbabygirl Email: dontrunbabygirl@gmail.com Website: dontrunbabygirl.wordpress.com About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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