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In unusual step, victims told of destroyed NC rape kits
January 1, 2018 • Associated Press
By Associated Press

When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room.

“I was treated like a female crying wolf,” said Veronica, who says the man raped her while she was unconscious. She believes he drugged her drink.

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In Washington, Mariska Hargitay gives serious talk, hangs out with Joe Biden
March 13, 2013 • Washington Examiner
By Nikki Schwab
Getting emotional at times, Mariska Hargitay discussed her journey from actress to sexual assault and abuse advocate Wednesday at the National Press Club. read more
Informed Obsession: Me&Ro Fearlessness Bracelet
June 6th, 2012 • The Fashion Informer
By The Fashion Informer
Looking for a unique gift for the guy in your life but coming up empty? Your search ends here. Me&Ro has partnered with Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation to create this men's bracelet, which features the word "Fearlessness" engraved on a sleek silver tube threaded through a natural leather cord. read more
Inside the national effort to combat the rape kit backlog – and how Detroit Is leading the fight
June 9, 2016 • People
By Diana Pearl

After Natasha Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint in New York City in 1993, her first instinct was to try to wash the experience off her.

"It was an ordeal that changed my life forever," she says. "And your first instinct after you've been assaulted – at least mine – was to take a hot shower."  


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Interview with Maile Zambuto and Dr. Valli Kalei Kanuha
July 18th, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
Joyful Heart CEO Maile Zambuto and board member Valli Kalei Kanuha, Ph.D, discuss the findings of new research on the Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hawai'i on Sunrise Hawaii News Now. The research report, released in partnership by the Joyful Heart Foundation and the Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund, is available for download. read more
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog
June 22, 2015 • RH Reality Check
By Sofia Resnick
“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.” -Kiyona Phillips read more
Is It the End for Grey's Anatomy's Owen and Cristina?
March 5th, 2012 • TV Guide
By Carita Risso

Uh oh! It looks like bad news for fans who hope that Grey's Anatomy docs Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) can still save their marriage.

"It's just sad and hard right now," Oh told TV Guide Magazine at Sunday's L.A. benefit for Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation which supports survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. "If there's [hope], I can't see it right now."

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Isle child abuse report rate twice statewide rate
January 9th 2012 • West Hawaii Today
By Erin Miller
Hawaii County adults are twice as likely to report having been abused as children than adults statewide. That's according to a recent survey, released this week by the Joyful Heart Foundation. The foundation surveyed 702 residents in all four counties. read more
It Took 9 Years to Finally Get Justice for My Sexual Assault
April 11, 2017 • Woman's Day
By Kristen Mascia

Henrietta Sykes had all but given up on the arrest of the man who allegedly assaulted her. But when officials in her small town uncovered a dirty secret, they were finally able to give her—and hundreds of other women—the justice she deserved.

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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
It’s Not a Backlog, It’s a Lack of Concern for Rape Victims
January 15, 2016 • Counterpunch
By Lauren Finley

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 107 seconds. “Rape kit” is the term used to describe the physical evidence obtained from a victim who reports being sexually assaulted. Victims’ bodies are, in essence, the crime scene. They endure what some might describe as a second sexual violation, being scraped, poked and prodded, only out of hope that their perpetrator can eventually be held accountable. And perhaps not rape again, as so many do.



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Jamba Juice benefits Hawaii Childrens Trust
January 17th 2012 • Hawaii 24/7
By Hawaii 24/7
Jamba Juice’s new Fit ‘n Fruitful smoothies are a great new option – and support a great cause. read more
Jamba Juice Hawai‘i Donates More Than $6,700 to One Strong ‘Ohana Campaign
May 3rd, 2012 • Hawaii News Now
By Bennett Group
The sweet reward of a three-month promotion between Jamba Juice Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund has raised more than $6,700 for the trust fund’s One Strong ‘Ohana campaign. From January through March of this year, Jamba Juice Hawai‘i donated 25 cents from every Fit ‘n Fruitful smoothie. read more
Jamba Juice to benefit One Strong 'Ohana
January 11th, 2012 • The Maui News
By The Maui News
Jamba Juice to benefit One Strong 'Ohana read more
Jane Doe No More to Honor Actress Mariska Hargitay and the Joyful Heart Foundation with Dr. Henry C. Lee Award
March 8, 2016 • Naugatuck Patch

Jane Doe No More, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and improving the way society responds to victims of sexual violence, is proud to announce Mariska Hargitay, star of the NBC hit drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) and the Joyful Heart Foundation along with Attorney James G. Clark and the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut will be honored at the Jane Doe No More Dr. Henry C. Lee Award & Recognition dinner with the 7th annual Dr. Henry C. Lee Award on Friday, March 18, 2016.


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Jefferson County to test backlogged rape kits with new $1.5 million grant
July 20, 2017 • AL.com
By Ivana Hrynkiw

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office doesn't know how many untested rape kits they have-- but they plan to find out, and test them all.

According to information from the district attorney's office, there have been more than 27,000 rapes in Alabama in the past 19 years. Of those, 21 percent took place in Jefferson County. 

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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
Jennifer, Courteney & More Stars Celebrate Mariska’s New Charity Tee
February 12th, 2010 • People Magazine
By Tiffany Mortensen
When Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay decided to team up with Los Angeles based T-shirt brand Michael Stars to create a limited-edition tee to benefit women and children who have overcome domestic violence and sexual assault, her famous friends joined forces to celebrate the charitable partnership. read more
Joe Biden Honored by Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation for Efforts to End Domestic Violence
May 12, 2016 • UsWeekly
By Anna Chan
Worthy of recognition! Vice President Joe Biden was honored at the Joyful Heart Foundation’s annual star-studded Joyful Revolution Gala on Tuesday, May 10, in New York City. read more
Joe Biden, Mariska Hargitay Of 'Law & Order' Take Selfie At Domestic Violence Prevention Event
March 13, 2013 • Huffington Post
By Gabrielle Dunkley
The office of Vice President Joe Biden tweeted a photo of Biden posing with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Mariska Hargitay on Wednesday. read more
Joe Biden: We need to stop this culture of rape jokes and 'locker room banter'
June 14, 2016 • MSN
By Rachel Revesz

The phrase “rule of thumb” comes from the 1300s, when courts ruled that men could no longer beat their wives with a rod of a larger circumference than their thumb.

It was a powerful metaphor from US vice president Joe Biden to illustrate the gender inequality that continues today.


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Join Me in Supporting Survivors of Child Abuse With a Simple Act of Kindness
September 18th, 2012 • The Huffington Post
By Mariska Hargitay
When I began my role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, my eyes were opened to the staggering statistics of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. But what really opened my eyes -- and subsequently my heart -- was the fan mail I started receiving. Instead of asking for an autographed photo and telling me about their favorite episodes, survivors were disclosing their stories of abuse -- many for the first time. read more
Join Us in Creating One Strong ‘Ohana
June 6th, 2012 • Honolulu Civil Beat
By Marty Oliphant and Kata Issari
The death of four-year-old Zion McKeown on Maui is a tragedy that should never have happened. His passing diminishes us all. Sadly, Zion will be counted among the five children per day that are killed as a result of child abuse and neglect in the United States. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation and Partners File Amicus Brief in Ohio Case That Could Undermine Justice for Rape Survivors
January 20, 2016 • ENDTHEBACKLOG
By 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. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation and Viacom Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell to Say NO MORE to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
May 16, 2014 • The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch
By Global Newswire
Viacom and the Joyful Heart Foundation will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in support of NO MORE. read more