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Last Night in Georgia

Last night, rape kit reform passed in Georgia. But our advocacy to bring meaningful rape kit reform around the country still carries on.
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It’s Not “Just A Women’s Issue.” Men Are Survivors Too.

March 2, 2016 | BY Maile Zambuto, Joyful Heart Foundation CEO, and Steve LePore, 1in6 Executive Director | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
We’ve all heard the dismissive refrains—things like “that doesn’t happen to guys,” “what kind of guy would let that happen to him,” or “he seems just fine to me.”
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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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A New Super Bowl Ad Premieres about a Friend Who May Need Help. Know When. Know How.

The Super Bowl 50 NO MORE ad highlights that recognizing the signs of abuse can potentially help someone. It demonstrates how starting a conversation that might help change—or even save—someone’s life begins with each of us.
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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
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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Consent: Legislation, Education, Conversations

Consent: the presence of a yes – not the absence of a no.
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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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1in6 Thursday: Present for the Holidays

Many of us adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and other traumas find ourselves with confused feelings as we’re confronted with holiday promises of joy, connection and good will, which may run contrary to our memories of our own childhoods.
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1in6 Thursday: Doing It Alone

"What helped you the most in your healing?" a radio host asked me. "Two people listened when I told them," I said without hesitating. "They didn't condemn or belittle me."
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