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Joyful Heart Foundation brings awareness to domestic violence and sexual abuse
June 5, 2016 • Hawaii News Now
By HNN Staff
In Hawaii, one in seven women is sexually assaulted, according to advocates for victims. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation Gala by Julie Moran
7/11/13 • The Balancing Act
By Julie Moran
Emmy-award winning actress Mariska Hargitay stops to talk to Julie Moran on the red carpet at the gala for her Joyful Heart Foundation. Hollywood Watch was there to capture all the star studded support. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation Hires Kata Issari as Hawai‘i Regional Director
October 21st, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
By Bennett Group
The Joyful Heart Foundation announced today that Kata Issari has joined the organization as its first Hawai'i regional director. Issari will play an integral role in leading the organization's growth locally and dissemination of innovative, statewide programs to serve island residents. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation Kind Visit
October 22nd, 2012 • Yahoo! News
By Yahoo! News
Joyful Heart Foundation Kind Visit Pictures read more
Joyful Heart Foundation Releases First-of-its-Kind Study on Victim Notification as Part of Work to End the Rape Kit Backlog
April 8, 2016 • My Social Good News
By Api Poder

NEW YORK – Today, the Joyful Heart Foundation released Navigating Notification: A Guide to Re-engaging Sexual Assault Survivors Affected by the Untested Rape Kit Backlog. This groundbreaking report will help jurisdictions working to eliminate their backlogs of untested rape kits to create survivor-centered, trauma-informed policies and protocols for victim notification.


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Joyful Heart Foundation reveals findings from new study
July 19th, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
By Hawaii News Now

 A new study reveals the number of Hawaii families touched by child abuse.

The Joyful Heart Foundation asked people around the state if they know someone who's been abused. Approximately 40 percent of those people answered "yes."

According to the study, 80 percent feel that it's a major problem, but the remaining 20 percent think it's a minor one.

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Joyful Heart Foundation Shopping Event
July 6th 2012 • Hamptons Magazine
By Hamptons Magazine
Guests including Debra Messing and Kyle MacLachlan showed their support for the Joyful Heart Foundation at the exclusive Theodora & Callum shopping event at the East Hampton boutique. Joyful Heart founder Mariska Hargitay collaborated with Desiree Gruber, Carrie Shumway, and Heather Mnuchin to highlight the organization’s life-changing work. read more
Joyful Heart Groundbreaking Celebrity PSAs Address Myths, Societal Attitudes that Confront Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
March 2, 2016 • Joyful Heart Foundation
By Joyful Heart Foundation
The Joyful Heart Foundation and 1in6 – in partnership with Viacom – today launched a new series of print and broadcast public service announcements (PSAs) that speak to the excuses and societal attitudes that male survivors of sexual abuse are confronted with and direct viewers to resources for help. read more
Joyful Heart launches new 'Hawaii Says No More' PSA campaign
November 17, 2016 • Hawaii News Now
By Hawaii News Now

Locally and nationally recognized musicians, television personalities, athletes, cultural practitioners, and community leaders have joined forces launched a campaign today to raise much-needed visibility and awareness about the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault across the state in a dramatic new series of public service announcements released today by the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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Joyful Heart Reveals Rape Kit Backlog Data, but More Remains Unknown
May 20, 2015 • Nonprofit Quarterly

The Joyful Heart Foundation’s Accountability Project, an initiative that’s part of the #EndTheBacklog program focused on identifying the extent of the national rape kit backlog, has released new information detailing the number of untested kits in several cities nationwide.

Through public record requests, the foundation discovered the following totals:

Charlotte, North Carolina: 1,019 untested kits

Jacksonville, Florida: 1,943 kits

Kansas City, Missouri: 1,324 kits

Portland, Oregon: 1,931 kits

San Diego, California: 2,873 kits


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Julianne Hough Wears Jacob Arabov Jewelry to 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala
May 29, 2013 • Wall Street Journal
By MarketWire
The Joyful Heart Foundation Gala 2013 was held on 42nd Street in New York City on Thursday evening, May 9th. The event was sponsored by a number of well-known companies including Pepsi Cola Company, Michael Stars, Verizon Communications, The Art of Grace, and Wolf Films among many others. The founder, Mariska Hargitay, was joined at the event by her husband, Peter Hermann, and a number of celebrities including Danny Pino, Mary J. Blige, Jemima Kirke, Will Chase, Julianne Hough, Christopher Meloni, Uma Thurman, Mary Louise Parker, Glenn Close, and Harry Connick Jr. just to name a few. read more
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault
August 20, 2013 • Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Sarah Tofte
Last year, a FedEx delivery truck arrived at the Detroit Police Department storage facility to pick up the first batch of untested rape kits bound, finally, for crime labs. Thus began Detroit’s massive task of processing its rape kit backlog – the more than 11,000 kits that were left behind to languish in a police warehouse, some for more than two decades. read more
Katie's Take - Mariska Hargitay
September 27, 2013 • Yahoo! News
Clip of Mariska Hargitay on the Katie Couric Show. read more
Keck's Exclusives: The Story Behind Law & Order: SVU's Mystery Necklace
October 30th, 2011 • TV Guide
By William Keck
The origin of Olivia Benson's necklace — showcasing a Semper Fi Marine medallion (alongside two pendants representing Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation). read more
Kelli Giddish (’Law & Order: SVU’), former Cumming resident, enjoys her new home
February 15th, 2012 • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Rodney Ho
Kelli Giddish discusses her character and appreciation for Mariska Hargitay. read more
Key legislators approve amended version of bill to test rape kits
April 30, 2016 • Honolulu Star Advertiser
By Sophie Cocke

Hawaii’s police departments will likely be required to take action on hundreds of rape kits that have sat in storage facilities for years, as well as new rape kits, after key lawmakers Friday agreed to an amended version of House Bill 1907.

The bill gained traction after the Honolulu Police Department revealed in February that it had 1,500 untested kits that contain forensic evidence from rape victims. The untested kits, which could help solve crimes and catch serial rapists, date back more than a decade.


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Kristen Bell Helps Raise Money to End Homelessness During 'Path Partners' Charity Event
November 29, 2013 • Just Jared
Kristen Bell attends a Thanksgiving Day charity event to help end homelessness on Thursday (November 28) in Los Angeles, wearing Theodora and Callum's Red Multi Joyful Heart Wearable Art Scarf. read more
Kristen Bell Raises Money to End Homelessness with Path Partners Charity
November 29, 2013 • Gossip Center
Kristen Bell pictured in Hollywood wearing Theodora & Callum’s Red Multi Joyful Heart Wearable Art Scarf. read more
Kukui Connection: Kata Issari
April 16th, 2012 • Hawaii House Blog
On this week's episode of Kukui Connection, Rep. Marilyn Lee welcomes Kata Issari, Hawaii Regional Director of the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Foundation was created by Mariska Hargitay, of the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in 2004. Joyful Heart's mission is to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse and shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
Kym Worthy and the fight to investigate Detroit's 11,000 forgotten rapes
August 26, 2013 • The Guardian
By Rosie Swash
Evidence relating to thousands of rape cases has been neglected for years in the US. Now 'the toughest woman in Detroit' is determined to do something about it. read more
Kym Worthy: Testing small portion of Detroit's 11,000-plus rape kit backlog identified 100 serial rapists
March 10, 2014 • MLive
By Gus Burns
Prosecutor Kym Worthy speaks at a press conference at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice about the 11,000 untested rape kits in the county waiting testing and investigation, Monday, March 10, 2014. Worthy was joined by actress and Joyful Heart Foundation founder Mariska Hargitay to talk about Detroit's progress in testing and getting justice for survivors of sexual assault. read more
Lanvin Collection Preview and Benefit for Joyful Heart
April 1, 2013 • C Magazine - Social Front
Alexandra von Furstenberg, Mariska Hargitay and other fashionable folk turned out for Lanvin's collection preview and luncheon to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation and toast Hargitay's (who is JHF's Founder & President) birthday. read more
Law & Order crime show battles rape myths: study
Nov. 19, 2015 • The Star
By Peter Edwards
TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit may help educate television viewers about rape and importance of sexual consent, study suggests. read more
Law & Order star promotes Rockland's own SVU in video
May 10, 2013 • Journal News - Lohud.com
By Steve Lieberman
Actress Mariska Hargitay talks about helping victims of sexual and domestic abuse on a video released Friday by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office promoting the county’s “Spirit of Rockland" Special Victims Unit. read more
Law & Order: SVU' star and director Mariska Hargitay confronts sexual consent
January 2, 2016 • Inquisitr
By Edward Vkanty

Mariska Hargitay has again been directing episodes of Law & Order: SVU and her most recent efforts aired Wednesday night in the appropriately titled episode, “A Misunderstanding.” The episode was written by Celine C. Robinson, who previously wrote six other episodes for the series, and centers around a young high school couple in a story that involves a he-said, she-said scenario addressing issues related to sexual consent. Hargitay says the episode was daunting to direct, because sexual consent is as murky topic in real American courtrooms as it is in fictional legal dramas.

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