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Awaiting Assembly Action State Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion; Sheriff Gerace Calls Bill A ‘No-Brainer’
March 11th, 2012 • The Post-Journal
By Andrew Carr
The New York State Assembly is on deck to approve the state's DNA Databank Expansion Bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the expansion of the bill to include all misdemeanor convictions. read more
Be Fearless, Men
June 6th, 2012 • Cool People Care
By Sam Davidson
Joyful Heart Foundation wants to engage men, in the spirit of Father’s Day, as crucial participants and survivors themselves in the effort to address, prevent, and one day end sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse. That’s why the non-profit organization teamed up with leading jeweler Me&Ro to offer the “FEARLESSNESS” tube bracelet for men. read more
Beauty for a Cause
October 9th, 2012 • ABC 4
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are some beauty companies that support various causes. Fran’s Chocolates, founded by Fran Bigelow, is a proud supporter of the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Being Raped In A Bankrupt City
March 27, 2014 • BuzzFeed
By Emily Orley
Wayne County, Mich., the region where Detroit is located, has been riddled with problems for decades. But when a massive backlog of rape kits was discovered, a few mighty voices decided to work on changing the way sexual assault is viewed and how victims are treated, while also opening every single kit. read more
Biden weighs a White House run in 2016.
May 3, 2013 • The Washington Post
By Philip Rucker and Melina Mara
Biden jokes with Mariska Hargitay, a star of one of the “Law & Order” TV shows, who has been vocal against domestic violence, before giving his speech. read more
Biden: We can do more to stop domestic violence
March 13, 2013 • USA Today
Vice President Joe Biden joined Attorney General Eric Holder and Mariska Hargitay at an event in Maryland Wednesday to highlight the urgent need to reduce domestic violence homicides. (March 13) read more
Biden: ‘Guys … you have to step up’ to fight violence against women
April 25, 2015 • The Hill
By Jordan Fabian
Vice President Biden is teaming up with actress Jessica Szohr for an event raising awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. read more
Bill Introduced to Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog
September 6, 2017 • KTVN Channel 2
By KTVN Channel 2

A bill called the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act was introduced today and will reauthorize, strengthen, and extend the Sexual Assault Forensic Registry program in an effort to help reduce the national rape kit backlog.

This legislation would also ensure pediatric forensic nurses are eligible for training, highlighting the need for pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners in responding to children suffering from abuse.

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Bloomingdale’s Welcomes Hampton’s Favorite Mariska Hargitay
May 30th, 2012 • Dan's Hamptons
By The Soth Team
Last week, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street welcomed Hamptons favorite Mariska Hargitay, Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation, in support of Joyful Heart’s mission—to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
Broome County DA Voices Support for DNA Databank Expansion
January 24th, 2012 • Fox News Channel 40
By Amanda Keeney
"I am 100% confident that of the elected DA's across the state will be supportive of this legislation," said Broome County District Attorney Gerry Mollen as he gathered with local law enforcement leaders Tuesday to voice their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's All Crimes DNA Bill. read more
California lawmakers introduce bills to end rape kit backlog
March 12, 2018 • KCRA
By Kathy Park

As thousands of sexual assault victims wait for their rape kits to be tested, California lawmakers are taking renewed action to eliminate the backlog.

Ahead of Monday's private screening of the upcoming HBO documentary, "I Am Evidence," which exposes the rape kit backlog across the country and shares stories of sexual assault survivors, California legislators detailed their efforts to bring justice to victims.

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California to propose an end to statute of limitations in rape cases
Nov. 10, 2015 • Al Jazeera
By Marisa Taylor
At least 16 states have no statute of limitations for rape cases in face of rape kit backlog, delays in reporting crimes. read more
CC Sabathia, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and other celebrities take part in Bloomberg's 2nd annual 'Charity Day'
October 17, 2013 • New York Business Journal
By Dan Orlando
Mariska Hargitay (Joyful Heart Foundation) and other celebrities participate in the Bloomberg Tradebook Charity Event. read more
Celebrities Answer Phones for Charity Trades
February 18, 2016 • Look to the Stars
Bloomberg Tradebook’s fourth annual Charity Day took place on November 4, and this year it was bigger and more global than ever. read more
Celebrities go shopping to support The Joyful Heart Foundation
July 6th 2012 • The Examiner
By Cathy O'Brien
Celebrities came out to shop for a cause today in Bridgehampton, New York, at the Theodora & Callum boutique. The star-studded event directly benefitted New York charity organization The Joyful Heart Foundation. Celebrities were in a jovial mood as they attended the fundraiser with their families in tow, and wallet’s open, to shop for a cause. read more
Celebrities Including Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay are Rendered 'Speechless' with Emotion in New PSA to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence
Dec. 17, 2014 • Daily Mail UK
By Erin Clements
The campaign, which also stars Tim Gunn, Jemima Kirke, Mary J Blige and other famous faces, was launched by the organization NO MORE. The videos feature outtakes from No More's previous campaign, and are completely unscripted.  read more
Celebrity Men Join Videos About Sexual Assault and Idea of 'Boys Will Be Boys'
October 24, 2016 • ABC News
By Luchina Fisher

In the wake of recent discussions from the political campaigns about the conduct and language around sexual assault, a group of celebrity men are challenging the notion that "boys will be boys" in a series of public service announcements.

"Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay directed the 15- and 30-second spots that feature an all-male cast, including Andre Braugher, Anthony Edwards, Blair Underwood, Chris Meloni, Daniel Dae Kim, Dave Navarro, Ice-T, Nick Lachey, Raul Esparza and Tate Donovan.

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Celebrity PSAs Address Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse
April 1, 2014 • Look to the Stars
By Look to the Stars
The new campaign speaks to the excuses and myths that male survivors of sexual abuse are confronted with. read more
Charitable Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Joyful Heart Foundation
January 30th, 2012 • Miss A
By Lisa Beth Miller
Proceeds from the purchase of Joyful Heart products this Valentine's Day will be donated directly to the Foundation’s mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
Check Out Kiernan Shipka In NO MORE’s New Campaign!
September 24, 2013 • Seventeen Magazine
By Macey Hall
Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka wants you to say “NO MORE” to domestic violence and sexual assault! read more
Check Out Mariska Hargitay's Organization
April 17th, 2012 • The Ellen Show
By Ellen Degeneres
On her show, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" Mariska often deals with women who have suffered from abuse. She has created an incredible organization called the Joyful Heart Foundation to support them. You can find out more at JoyfulHeartFoundation.org. read more
Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay – NO MORE PSA Launch at MILK Studios. – Los Angeles, CA
September 27, 2013 • Contact Music
Photo of Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay - NO MORE PSA Launch at MILK Studios. read more
Chris Meloni, Andrew Rannells, & Other Male Actors Take Powerful Stance Against Sexual Assault
October 27, 2016 • Out Magazine
By Natalie Whalen

Friends of Mariska Hargitay teamed up for a new series of sexual assualt PSAs for her Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization committed to “transforming society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.”

The 15 to 30 second clips feature celebrities, including former Law and Order: SVU co-star Chris Meloni, Quantico actor Blair Underwood, The OC star Tate Donovan, musician/actor Nick Lachey, Broadway's Andrew Rannells, and others reciting some of the most commonly used defenses that enforce societal norms about sexual assault.

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Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank, and Maria Bello Show Their Support at Joyful Heart Foundation’s JoyROCKS in Los Angeles
September 27, 2013 • InStyle
By Celebrity Parties! Column
For Mariska Hargitay playing Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999 has meant much more than just acting. read more
Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases
April 22nd, 2012 • Cleveland Plain Dealer
By Rachel Dissell
More than two years ago, Cleveland police started an ambitious project to account for thousands of pieces of evidence in sexual assault cases going back at least 20 years. In doing so, they join a growing number of cities across America that are testing old evidence that has the potential to solve cold cases and offer some solace for victims, even in cases that can't be prosecuted. read more

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