“Be the victory your circumstances tried to keep you from achieving”- Nadejeh
Nadejeh Minerva is a Brooklyn Native and recent graduate of Hampton University. As a survivor of both sexual assault and domestic violence, she created #MyStrengthIsBeautiful Inc. to spread awareness, provide solidarity, and fill the gap needed by survivors. She has been featured in Sheen Magazine and aims to continue this work for the rest of her life. #MyStrengthIsBeautiful is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization centered on empowering survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. We aim to nourish the mental, emotional, physical, social, and professional development in each survivor.
Nadejeh started #MSIB to help men and women like herself get through what seems like a never ending pain. “This has helped me, help myself while helping others.” Her journey to becoming a survivor has helped her know what is needed and provide that to those around her. Nadejeh loves working with children and adults to help make their lives better. She gives back by filling the gaps and being the support she needed once upon a time. “I love working with the victims on their journey to becoming a survivor, it shows them that there is someone out there that cares.”
Nadejeh is literally applying the lessons and offering resources to solve an epidemic. If she could tell her 20 year old self anything it would be, “Being that it was only 3 years ago, but at the peak of my abusive relationship ending, I would tell myself to love yourself first. Forgetting to love you will never allow you to be at peace. Find that love, that peace, and radiate that into the world.” Many people that are providing healing services often have barriers that many other companies do not. Nadejeh states the hardest part for her, “is showing people that we are here to help, we want to help as many people as we can. The more exposure we get, the lives we can possibly save” If she could have anything in the world, she would want ” two large facilities, one that can become a thrift store and food bank go out survivors and one that can become a shelter to fill that gap.”
Nadejeh was asked, “what are 3 things she believes every business owner should know?” ” 1. Understand your audience, know the needs and gaps that exists, then fill it. 2. Never give up on your dream and passion. When people don’t believe in you, there’s still someone out there that does. 3. End the journey, don’t rush to success and miss the greatness in between.”
May 4th we have a panel at the Indian River Library in Chesapeake, VA. All tickets are $5 or 2 for $7 with promo code “sale” at www.eswm2019.eventbrite.com its from 12:30 to 2:30 with awareness, food, vendors, and raffles.
Exposure Magazine Reader Offer:
Any person who has been or is going through the healing process of sexual assault or domestic violence, we can offer various resources for education, career, physical, emotional, and more all on our website at: www.msibforever.org
*All Services are FREE to Survivors
I am inspired by, the will to survive and thrive.”- Nadejeh