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Emmys 2012: 'Blue Bloods' Has Given Tom Selleck Cred With the NYPD
September 12, 2012 • Hollywood Reporter
By Jordan Zakarin
Of course, if there’s any TV expert on the nitty-gritty of New York police work, it’s Hargitay. Entering her 14th season as Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, the franchise darling has a special connection to her character. read more
End our backlog of rape kit processing
November 6, 2013 • Shreveport Times
By Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. 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
Ending the Rape Kit Backlog
February 21, 2014 • Women's Media Center
By Marcia G. Yerman
The White House Council on Women and Girls released a report in January entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action.” read more
Every rape kit booked into evidence in Hawaii should be tested by police
April 12, 2016 • Huffpost Hawaii
By Kata Issari & Natasha Alexenko

In 1993, Natasha was raped and robbed at gunpoint by an unknown assailant in New York City. She went to the hospital, where a medical forensic exam was done but the rape kit containing evidence from the assault sat in the police department’s evidence room for nine years. 

Natasha’s attacker was identified in 2007 when DNA from the rapist was matched to the evidence from her assault. In the years that he was out on the streets after Natasha’s rape, Victor Rondon went on a cross-country crime spree.

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Exclusive: USA to Air SVU Marathon Featuring New Video From Chris Meloni
June 19, 2014 • TV Guide
By Kate Stanhope
USA will air a second Law & Order: SVU "No More Excuses" marathon this month, this time with the help of former star Christopher Meloni, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Throughout the marathon, viewers will be encouraged to seek out additional information online, or to call national help hotlines to speak with counselors and advocates. read more
Exclusive: USA, Mariska Hargitay Team Up for an SVU Marathon with a Cause
April 23, 2014 • TV Guide
By Kate Stanhope
To commemorate National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention month, and in partnership with Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation and the NO MORE campaign, USA will air a special 16-hour SVU "No More Excuses" marathon hosted by Hargitay and her SVU co-stars. read more
Eye on Entertainment
May 10, 2013 • The Washington Post
By Lifestyle Blog
Images from the Joyful Heart Foundation's 2013 Joyful Revolution Gala read more
Faced With Staggering Backlogs of Rape Kits, States Change Testing, Investigations
February 17, 2016 • The Pew Charitable Trusts
By Rebecca Beitsch

Seeking to secure justice for thousands of rape victims, about 20 states are moving to test a backlog of unexamined rape kits found in storage rooms in police departments across the country — and change the rules for how rape cases are handled in the future.

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Failure to Test Rape Kits is a National Embarrassment
September 29th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
By Lisa Madigan
Ask anyone to name the most serious crimes--rape and murder always top the list. It is impossible to imagine critical evidence in a murder case would not be used to put a murderer behind bars and bring peace and safety to the victim's loved ones and community. read more
Famous New York moms on Mother's Day gifts
May 6th, 2012 • New York Daily News
By Nicole Lyn Pesce
New York Daily News surveyed celebrity moms on best gifts to give and get for Mother's Day. read more
Federal Dollars Help Clear Untested Rape Kits
October 6, 2017 • News LI
By Andrea Sears

New York City is getting some federal help to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits.

The Justice Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. The grants will help test kits that have often sat in evidence lockers for years, prosecute those identified by DNA analysis, and keep victims informed.

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Feds Kick In $38M More to Fight Rape-Kit Backlog
September 21, 2016 • Courthouse News Service
By Nick Divito

Two years after shocking revelations about 70,000 rape kits that went unprocessed across the country for decades, the United States committed another $38 million on Monday to expand testing.

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Flanagan, Law Enforcement Calling for Expanded DNA Database
February 6th, 2012 • Smithtown Radio
By James Brierton
New York State Senator John Flanagan and local law enforcement are calling for an expansion to the DNA database in the hope of solving more cases. read more
Former Houston woman sues city, officials over 6,000 untested rape kits
September 25, 2017 • Houston Chronicle
By Gabrielle Banks

A former Houston woman is suing the City of Houston and a long list of current and former mayors and police chiefs for failing to investigate a backlog of more than 6,000 untested rape kits, and not identifying her attacker as a man who had been in a national police database for decades.

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From #MeToo to Men Too: How Men Can Prevent Harassment and Abuse
November 13, 2017 • HuffPost
By Marianne Schnall

Since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault story broke the floodgates, every day brings new allegations of powerful men assaulting or harassing women, and millions of women have been publicly sharing their personal stories and declaring “#MeToo.” But why is the onus always on the women to share their stories, to be the only ones leading the outcry and call for change? Both men and women are asking how men can get more involved in this movement and are committed to educating men on how to use their voices and influence to become part of the solution.

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From 'SVU' to 'SNL': 'Law & Order's' Hargitay wants a shot at late-night laughs
March 7th, 2012 • Today Show
By Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
From cupcakes to bling, last-minute Mother's Day gifts
May 9th, 2012 • NBC
By Amy Goodman
The Crystal & Resin Necklace by Aqua hits three hot trends: it’s pastel, it’s multi-layered and it has a charitable component! Best part: $8 from the sale of each necklace goes to the Joyful Heart Foundation during the month of May. read more
Giants set new tone for NFL inclusion
October 31, 2015 • espnW
By Jane McManus

Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich has become used to discussing deeply personal subjects, be it his own cancer or discovering that his wife, Danielle, had experienced domestic violence. Last week, Herzlich was one of four NFL players featured in a new series of ads from Joyful Heart and No More, the umbrella organization raising awareness about domestic violence.

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Gift Guide For Women — Stylish Shopping Ideas For The Holidays
November 27, 2013 • Hollywood Life
Theodora & Callum's Black Multi Inca Tie All Scarf benefitting Joyful Heart featured in Hollywood Life's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. read more
Going Beyond the Camera
August 13th, 2012 • Wall Street Journal
By Melanie Grayce West
For many actors, there's one break-out role that forever changes a career. For actress Mariska Hargitay, a star turn as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has meant forever changing the lives of victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence through her Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Governor's 'No More' proclamation aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence
March 10, 2017 • Hawaii News Now
By Shawn Ching

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor has declared March 5 to 12 "Hawaii Says No More" week to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Gov. David Ige presented Maile Zambuto, CEO of the Joyful Heart Foundation, with the official proclamation on Friday.

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Greek life tackles sexual assault
December 6, 2015 • The Stanford Daily
By Yael Lederman

In 2011, students from a fraternity at the University of Vermont circulated an email asking members whom they wanted to rape. In 2010, Delta Kappa Epsilon members at Yale paraded around campus chanting what The Yale Daily News would later deem “an active call for sexual violence.”

Greek life has often found itself at the center of the sexual assault discussion nationwide. Although this issue is not isolated to Greek life, media and society often buy into a negative stigma of frequent sexual assault in the Greek community, often painting Greek life in a negative light.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Spoiler: Upcoming Episode to Tackle Sexual Assault
March 5th, 2012 • Wetpaint
By Rebecca Martin
While Grey's Anatomy is known for its wacky, even sometimes funny, medical cases, Shonda Rhimes isn't afraid of facing more prevalent, serious issues head-on when she wants to. read more
Groups begin statewide child abuse prevention campaign
January 22nd, 2012 • The Garden Island
By The Garden Island
The Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation to begin a statewide public awareness campaign called “One Strong ‘Ohana.” The groups will integrate television, radio, online and print public service announcements with grassroots programs, organizers said in a news release. read more