Renee Minx, an MSW student in the School’s Winston-Salem Distance Education Program, was among nearly two dozen diverse leaders, innovators and thinkers selected to speak at TedxGuilford at Guilford College in Greensboro. The Nov. 6 event was modeled after TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually through brief powerful talks.
Minx, a UNC-Greensboro graduate with a degree in special education, is the founder of “Bears Share Care,” an organization that raises awareness about emotional, mental, sexual and physical abuse and offers recovery support to survivors of abuse. Minx, an abuse survivor who developed a passion for social work through her own recovery, spoke about stopping the cycle of abuse and the importance of healing—topics she addresses in a self-healing booklet she designed and has shared with other survivors.
At the heart of her message is what she refers to as the “three Gs”: getting honest, getting help and giving help. The goal, she said, is to encourage people who have been abused to transition from a position of victim to a position of survivor. Minx said she developed the recovery framework as she worked to heal herself.
“Healing ourselves is so important because the chances of survivors of abuse getting into abusive relationships, having children, and continuing the cycle of abuse are remarkably higher than those who have never been abused,” she said.