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An Inside Look at our February ENDTHEBACKLOG Newsletter

Today, we're giving an inside look at our most recent ENDTHEBACKLOG newsletter for our email subscribers. Today's topics: a new $41M proposed in the federal budget, what we think belongs in comprehensive rape kit legislation, laws being considered in 18 states and more.
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Hawai‘i Takes a Meaningful Step Towards Rape Kit Reform

February 11, 2016 | BY Kata Issari, Executive Director, Hawai’i Region | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Today I had the honor and privilege of testifying before the Hawai‘i State Legislature’s House Committee on Human Services in support of House Bill 1907, which would establish a system for tracking rape kits and mandate a deadline for the crime lab to process the evidence.

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Joyful Heart Foundation and Partners File Amicus Brief in Ohio Case That Could Undermine Justice for Rape Survivors

January 20, 2016
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Joyful Heart Foundation
We have just filed an amicus brief on behalf of the State of Ohio, which is appealing the Ohio Court of Appeals’ decision to use the state’s backlog of untested rape kits in part to dismiss rape and kidnapping charges against an alleged serial rapist. Partners AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, Rape Abuse Incest National Network, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) joined Joyful Heart in the filing.
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After St. George’s: Responding Differently, Together

The revelation this week about decades of unaddressed sexual abuse and assault at a New England school offers some important reminders about the power of community.
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Two Ways To Say NO MORE Today: October 25

October 23, 2015 | BY Joyful Heart | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month today, Joyful Heart, in collaboration with our very special partners, gives you two ways to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault.
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LA2050: We need your vote

October 20, 2015 | BY Maile Zambuto | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
With your support, we will evaluate and document our retreat model and create a replication plan for agencies in Los Angeles and beyond to bring holistic healing programs to survivors and those who care for them.
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Our Stories, Our Work: Joyful Heart Updates and Events in Hawai‘i

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when communities across the state and country focus on raising visibility and creating change.  Domestic violence thrives when communities are silent, so this month is about ending that silence and encouraging everyone to take a stand.

In Hawai‘i, there are many local activities talking place to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We invite you to read about some of them and check out even more from Hawai‘i Says NO MORE.

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It's a failure of the criminal justice system - and we can end it.

The rape kit backlog—untested rape kits numbering in the hundreds of thousands across the country—represents a failure of the criminal justice system to protect survivors and to hold perpetrators accountable.
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A CALL TO MEN National Conference: Advancing Sports Culture to Prevent Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Thursday, 10 September 2015 to Friday, 11 September 2015
Charlotte, NC
From September 10 – 11, more than 400 people from across the country gathered for A CALL TO MEN’s national conference: Advancing Sports Culture to Prevent Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
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This Matters

Testing rape kits send a fundamental and crucial message to victims of sexual violence: You matter. What happened to you matters. Your cases matter." - Mariska Hargitay
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