BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Jodie Ortega


It’s funny to think that when Jodie Ortega walked into a rape crisis centre in 2012 she had one goal; to heal from sexual abuse and never talk about it again. A series of dots aligning and her singular vision has led Jodie to breaking her silence in various platforms, most recently at TEDx Renfrew Collingwood where her powerful talk resulted in a standing ovation. Sharing her interpersonal trauma on surviving sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence, largely through social media utilizing the Arts, primarily Hip Hop to create conversations and awareness about sexual violence, with the firm belief that healing thrives in conversation. One of her rewarding achievements to date are her interactive Hip Hop dance classes to Girls on the Move (a program for female youth age 9-15), where she focuses on building confidence and narrates each dance move to barriers girls may face in their daily lives. Jodie’s work has been recognized by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and she has been invited by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women to perform at a slam poetry event. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram under @dontrunbabygirl.

Talk Title: Breaking Our Silence: Healing Thrives In Conversation

Everyone at one in their lives, will be affected by sexual violence. No one is exempt. I will focus on interpersonal trauma, shame, stigma of male sexual abuse and how Hip Hop has sustained me – particularly one song that pushed me to give another form of therapy a try. I would like to share two rap pieces (one verse) from that song and one I have written myself.