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Look of the Day
May 18th, 2011 • InStyle
By (Photo Cred: Mike Coppola, Getty Images)
Hilary Swank at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala read more
Courtney Love, Patti Smith Bring Punk Cred To Mariska Hargitay's Charity Event
May 18th, 2011 • MTV
By Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Your typical posh charity benefit in Manhattan usually includes a celebrity or two, maybe a performance by an artist who was popular in the '90s and a room full of insanely rich (and generous!) people. And while all of the above were at the Museum of Modern Art last night, the benefit for "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart organization had a whole lot more. read more
Mariska Hargitay hosts the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala
May 18th, 2011 • The Examiner
By Cathy O'Brien
Mariska Hargitay hosted the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala last night at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the event featured a celebrity guest list as well as live performances by celebrity musicians. read more
It's time to test rape kits
May 15th, 2011 • Houston Chronicle
By Mariska Hargitay, Sarah Tofte and Annette Burrhus-Clay
Over the last two years, cities across Texas, including Houston, have acknowledged significant backlogs of untested rape kits in their police storage facilities — at least 4,000 kits in Houston and another 16,000 untested kits in Dallas and San Antonio combined. read more
Hargitay Helps Heal The Healers
April 6, 2011 • MidWeek
By Yu Shing Ting
Just as she does on TV, actress Mariska Hargitay (who plays detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse heal and reclaim their lives. read more
Rebuttal: Justice Requires Rape-Kit Testing
April 4th, 2011 • Women's eNews
By Sarah Tofte
In February Women's eNews ran a commentary by Wendy Murphy about excessive attention being paid to a backlog of untested rape kits. Here Sarah Tofte offers a vigorous rebuttal, told in part through the tribulations of one young woman. read more
THE WIFE LOVER
February 25th, 2011 • Running with Heels
By Kerri Jarema
This new shirt from instructor Alanna Zabel’s L.A. based company AZIAM pays tribute to the mental effects of the exercise. read more
America's Cold-Case Crisis
February 25th, 2011 • The Daily Beast
By Linda Fairstein
Testing old rape kits could put countless rapists in prison—and exonerate others who were wrongly convicted. Linda Fairstein on the tragedy of letting these truth-tellers collect dust. read more
I am Pure Joy
February 16th, 2011 • The Huffington Post
By Alanna Zabel
I had the honor of attending Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation annual celebration last week. This organization that Mariska started works to heal, educate and empower victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. T read more
Healing the Healers
April 2011 • Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Each day, EMS providers save lives and put themselves at risk by often suppressing their own emotions. Eventually, this takes its toll. The Joyful Heart Foundation has found a way to help. read more
Mariska Hargitay and Jennifer Love Hewitt rock Aziam Tank for Charity
January 25th, 2011 • John Simon Daily
By John Simon Daily
Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay celebrated her birthday over the weekend wearing an AZIAM Wife Lover made exclusively for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization in which Harigtay founded in 2004 to support victims of sexual assault. read more
2011 - Seven Who Create New Visions of Change
January 5th, 2011 • Women's eNews
By Colleen Flahtery
Cleaning the streets of Los Angeles in 1992, which were trashed by a community after the acquittal of police accused of beating Rodney King, provided an epiphany for Maile Zambuto, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a college rape. read more
2011: The Year of National Rape Kit Backlog Reform
December 20th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
By Sarah Tofte
The end of a year inspires bold predictions for the next one. At the end of this year, I am predicting that 2011 will be a year of unprecedented reform of the backlog of untested rape kits in the United State read more
Telling Amy's Story -- It's Time to Talk
December 8th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
By Mariska Hargitay
On November 19, 2010, a 20-year-old college student named Jenni-Lyn Watson was killed while she was home in New York for Thanksgiving break. Police arrested her 21-year-old ex-boyfriend, who they say was upset about Watson's wishes to end their relationship. Police say he had left her body in a park near her home, hidden under debris. read more
Private Practice takes on dark subject of rape
November 2nd, 2010 • The Star
By Chuck Barney
Private Practice is the latest in a long line of prime-time television shows that have used rape, and its related issues as a fodder for dramatic storytelling. read more
SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care
November 2010 • Shape Magazine
By Alice Oglethorpe
Mariska Hargitay: Turning victims into survivors. read more
Obama, Biden mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month with new programs
October 27th, 2010 • USA Today
By Mimi Hall
President Obama and Vice President Biden plan to announce a host of government-wide efforts to reduce domestic and sexual violence and end the cycle of abuse that affects primarily women and children. read more
Mariska Hargitay Helps Survivors Heal On and Off 'SVU'
September 29th, 2010 • iVillage
By Jacki Garfinkel
The Law & Order: SVU star speaks out about the rights of rape victims and what she's learned from Olivia Benson. read more
Jennifer Love Hewitt Calls SVU Role "Raw"
September 29th, 2010 • TV Guide
By Robyn Ross
On Wednesday's episode of Law & Order: SVU, Jennifer Love Hewitt guest-stars as Vicki, a woman who has been repeatedly raped by the same man for more than a decade. read more
Law and Order Actress Raises Rape Kit Backlog Awareness
September 29th, 2010 • NBC News
By NBC News
The season premiere of NBC's "Law and Order SVU" tackled the ongoing problem of backlogged rape kits sitting untested in police warehouses... delaying the prosecution of rape suspects. It was a problem brought to life in Los Angeles in 2009 and now actress Mariska Hargitay has started a foundation to help raise awareness and funds to get those rape kits tested. read more
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
Ending the Backlog
September 28th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
By Mariska Hargitay and Neal Baer
By failing to test rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority. read more
"My Faith Pulled Me Through"
September 10th, 2010 • Good Housekeeping
By Sheila Weiler
It took years. It almost broke her heart. Here, for the first time, Mariska Hargitay shares the tender story of how she adopted her two precious new kids. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Staying Sane When Life Is Moving Fast
September 10th, 2010 • Good Housekeeping
By David Keeps
TV's favorite cop on managing tricky marriage moments, ignoring her son's bedtime — and staying safe and sane when life is moving a little too fast. read more
Hargitay comes to the rescue
September 5th, 2010 • The Star Advertiser
By Nadine Kam
A dinner with Joyful Heart Foundation officials and local supporters marked a homecoming for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay, who was in town last week for a series of private appearances on behalf of the organization she founded. read more

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