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‘Twilight,’ ‘Law and Order’ Actresses Say ‘No More’ to Domestic Violence
March 13, 2013 • ABC News
By Sarah Parnass and Freda Kahen-Kashi
A week after President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, celebrities and business leaders came to the Capitol today to end domestic abuse. read more
‘SVU’ cop backs gov DNA push
January 23rd, 2102 • NY Post
By Josh Margolin
Police departments around the state — both real and fictional — are rallying behind Gov. Cuomo’s push for a statewide DNA database. read more
‘Law And Order’s Mariska Hargitay Teams Up With Amy Poehler And Other Celebrities To Fight Rape Culture
March 28, 2014 • ThinkProgress
By Tara Culp-Ressler
The celebrity PSAs (which also feature Hargitay’s Law & Order co-stars) challenge traditional assumptions about victimization, like the ideas that rape victims must have done something to “ask for it,” men are never victims of assault, and it’s easy for women to leave abusive relationships. read more
‘Law and Order: SVU’ News 2015: USA Network’s Next Marathon Of The Addictive Cop Show Will Benefit A Good Cause
August 26, 2015 • Enstars
By Dave Odegard
The police procedural’s next binge-offering on cable will be a call to end domestic violence and sexual assault. read more
Zambuto Joins Joyful Heart
December 31st, 2008 • New York Nonprofit Press
By Fred Scaglione
Maile M. Zambuto has been named Executive Director of the The Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Zambuto & Prichard: Resources Needed to Test Rape Kits
July 10, 2015 • The Ledger.com

Recently, the Joyful Heart Foundation announced that Jacksonville has 1,943 untested rape kits in law enforcement evidence storage facilities. Sadly, Jacksonville is not alone.

Despite the fact that DNA evidence can be an incredibly powerful tool to solve and prevent crimes, the federal government estimates that across the country there are hundreds of thousands of rape kits that have never been sent to a crime lab for testing.

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Working Out for a Cause
February 28, 2013 • Vanity Fair
By Kristine Keller
New York City is flush with trendy workout options and celebrity trainers are as ubiquitous as the bodega. Journalist Kristine Keller attends Kettleball Kickboxing gala to support the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Work to end the rape kit backlog
August 30, 2013 • Tampa Bay Tribune
By Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. read more
Wisconsin DOJ contracts with 2 more labs to test kits
February 5, 2018 • Associated Press
By Associated Press

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is contracting with two more private labs to analyze untested sexual assault kits.

The Joyful Heart Foundation has been pushing states to analyze untested kits in hopes of developing DNA profiles for serial offenders. Nearly 4,000 Wisconsin kits have been designated for testing. Analysis has been completed on 862 kits so far.

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Win Joyful Heart’s ‘No More’ Necklace by Me&Ro!
February 1, 2013 • Ladies Home Journal
By Sonia Harmon
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay totally inspired us in our March 2013 cover story with her words of wisdom on everything from loving her curves to gaining self-confidence. read more
Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars?
May 30, 2015 • Associated Press
By Sharon Cohen
The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, tens of thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets — and rapists who've long remained free may finally face justice. read more
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime
August 25, 2013 • Alabama.com
By Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the terrible, misplaced social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence, they overcome the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent, they overcome the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of, and they speak up. read more
Why One Ohio Court Case Could Be Detrimental for Rape Victims Everywhere
February 8, 2016 • Broadly.
By Lindsay Schrupp
Despite Ohio's extensive initiative to test thousands of previously untested, backlogged rape kits, one Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the ways in which future rape cases are prosecuted. read more
Why Mariska Hargitay Races Home at the End of the Day
October 1, 2013 • ABC News
By Michael Rothman
Mariska Hargitay was floored when fans of Law & Order: SVU began sending her mail that wasn’t just praising her performance on the show, but disclosing their own stories of abuse. read more
Why Mariska Hargitay Considers Law & Order: SVU Her "Calling"
May 23, 2017 • E! Online
By Chris Harnick

For Mariska Hargitay, playing Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU is more than just a job, it's a calling.

"Every day I get on my knees and thank God for this opportunity. It's not lost on me that God gave me this opportunity, this platform to speak about these issues. I really feel like it was a calling, it's not an accident I came on this show," Hargitay told E! News at The Joyful Heart Foundation gala. "I always wanted to be on service, but it's hard. You say, ‘What do I do? How do I be of service?' and this was an opportunity."

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Why Haven't 70,000 Rape Kits Been Tested for DNA?
July 20, 2015 • NBC News
By Kate Snow and Rich McHugh

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits that could identify serial sexual attackers are sitting untested by police departments across the country — despite promises and federal funds to clear the backlog, a new agency-by-agency count suggests.

Documents obtained exclusively by USA TODAY Media Network, an NBC News partner, uncovered more than 70,000 neglected forensic evidence kits amassed by more than 1,000 police agencies. That's just a fraction of the nation's 18,000 police departments, so the total number of untested kits is likely far higher.


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Why Every Business Should Also Get Into the Business of Good
April 29, 2015 • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-lerner/why-every-business-should_b_7169922.html
By Suzanne Lerner

As a founder of a global brand for over 25 years, Michael Stars (I founded it in 1986 year with my husband, Michael), it would be easy for me to only focus on opportunities that made me money or elevated my company's profile. But instead, I've chosen a dual career: one as a business leader, and one as a leader in philanthropy.

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Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved?
September 28th, 2010 • The Daily Beast
By Linda Fairstein
On tonight’s Law & Order: SVU, police will discover thousands of unexamined rape kits—a chilling premise that’s not just fiction. Linda Fairstein on how the real backlog could solve countless crimes. read more
Why an Ohio Supreme Court case involving rape kits is drawing national attention
February 17, 2016 • Cleveland.com
By Rachel Dissel

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland rape case in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court could result in tougher standards for prosecuting cases reopened after tests on thousands rape kits, some that had been shelved for decades.

State and national victims' advocacy groups are closely watching the case. They've filed legal briefs warning that, if an appeals court decision stands, it could undermine justice for rape survivors and allow serial rapists to evade prosecution.

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Why 5,396 sexual assault kits went untested in Indiana
December 1, 2017 • The Indianapolis Star
By Marisa Kwiatkowski

There are 5,396 sexual assault kits held in police custody that have not been tested, according to the results of an Indiana State Police audit.

State senators had adopted a resolution in April that urged State Police to count the number of untested sexual assault kits throughout the state and determine reasons why they were not tested.

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Whole Foods Market® partners with the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign to help nurture Maui families
December 22nd, 2011 • WHF: Newsroom
By Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market’s Hawai‘i stores join a statewide awareness campaign aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. read more
Whole Foods Market Kahala Shoppers Raise More Than $1,000 for the One Strong ‘Ohana Campaign
August 10th, 2012 • Hawaii News Now
By Bennett Group
A three-month collaboration between Whole Foods Market Kahala and the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund has raised $1,029 for the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign. From April through June of this year, Whole Foods Market Kahala customers were able to “recycle” their leftover change at registers upon check-out to benefit One Strong ‘Ohana. read more
White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79 million to test rape kits
September 10, 2015 • Al Jazeera
Funding will go toward DNA testing on an estimated 70,000 rape kits, which are often backlogged because of expense. read more
When Décor Tells a Real Story
June 23rd, 2011 • Casa Sugar
By David Stark
Of course, I am attracted to beauty. I am really thrilled, though, when design is infused with emotion and genuine meaning. Case in point, recently we collaborated with Mariska Hargitay and the whole dream team at her Joyful Heart Foundation to bring the purpose of the foundation’s work to life in the décor of their annual fundraising gala in New York City. read more
What's Hot Now!
October 18, 2013 • InStyle
You can shop Mariska Hargitay’s ‘No More’ tees in support of her Joyful Heart Foundation at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store in New York City or call to order. [Bloomingdale's] read more