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A Star Fights Abuse in Hawaii
April 3rd, 2012 • MidWeek
Yu Shing Ting
The Joyful Heart Foundation, created by Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is taking on child abuse in Hawaii with the One Strong Ohana campaign read more
1in6, Inc. and Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation Announce Partnership to Kick Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 2nd 2012 • Yahoo! News
Steve LePore, 1in6
In recognition of April serving as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 1in6, Inc.—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help men who experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives—proudly announces their recent partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Emmy Award-winning actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with the 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
Cuomo Signs Law to Expand New York's DNA Databank
March 19th, 2012 • From the G Man
Joella Marano
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joined by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today signed into law a historic bill that makes New York State the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or Penal Law misdemeanor. In addition, the new law also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction where innocence is claimed. read more
Cuomo, thronged by crimestoppers, signs DNA bill
March 19th, 2012 • Albany Times Union
Casey Seiler
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill expanding the state’s DNA database to include misdemeanors in addition to felonies. Left out of that list of crimes: first-offense misdemeanor marijuana possession, a crime that Assemblywoman Barbara Clark [corrected] noted scoops up a disproportionate number of black and Latino youths. read more
Congress must reauthorize VAWA now
March 15th, 2012 • The Hill
Mariska Hargitay and Terri Poore
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark in the movement to end violence against women and girls, is up for re-authorization. Authored by then-Senator Joseph Biden and signed into law in 1994, VAWA revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, and the way communities respond to survivors. read more
Awaiting Assembly Action State Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion; Sheriff Gerace Calls Bill A ‘No-Brainer’
March 11th, 2012 • The Post-Journal
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
Mariska Hargitay's 'Joy Rocks' Event Fights Against Domestic Violence With Special Honoree Joe Torre
March 8th, 2012 • The Hollywood Reporter
Rachel Shapiro
The Joyful Heart foundation was created by Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse. Hargitay hosted the “Joy Rocks” celebration event, which made more than $150,000 during a star-studded brunch at the House of Blues on a sunny Sunday afternoon, March 4. read more
Hawaii: In Real Life ~ One Strong Ohana
March 7th, 2012 • Non Stop Honolulu
Melissa Chang
In the United States, nearly four children die every day as a result of child abuse and neglect. More than three quarters of these children are under the age of five and more than 40 percent of young victims won’t live to see their first birthday. In 2010, 4,199 cases of child abuse were reported in Hawaii. And yet, most of these could have been prevented: Studies show that the stronger the support network parents have, the less likely they are to abuse their children. read more
From 'SVU' to 'SNL': 'Law & Order's' Hargitay wants a shot at late-night laughs
March 7th, 2012 • Today Show
Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
Mariska Hargitay Talks Hosting Saturday Night Live: I'm Funnier Than You Think!
March 7th, 2012 • E! Online
Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Spoiler: Upcoming Episode to Tackle Sexual Assault
March 5th, 2012 • Wetpaint
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
Is It the End for Grey's Anatomy's Owen and Cristina?
March 5th, 2012 • TV Guide
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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Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Are Serious Issues for Hawaii
March 1st, 2012 • Civil Beat
Kata Issari
I will never forget the first time I answered a sexual assault hotline and spoke to a woman on the other side of the line. She had just been raped by a family member and her voice shook as she hid in a closet in the basement of her house, yet she bravely stayed on the phone for two hours while we explored how to help her find a path to safety. read more
Cuomo: DNA bill shouldn’t be subject to ‘Albany game’
February 29th, 2012 • Albany Times Union
Casey Seiler
In a Red Room jam-packed with law enforcement officials and victims advocates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressed the case for his expansion of the state DNA database to include samples from all misdemeanor and felony convictions — and resisted calls to expand the legislation to include other criminal justice reforms. read more
Kelli Giddish (’Law & Order: SVU’), former Cumming resident, enjoys her new home
February 15th, 2012 • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rodney Ho
Kelli Giddish discusses her character and appreciation for Mariska Hargitay. read more
Valentine's Day gifts that aren't chocolate, flowers or a lame homemade card
February 14th, 2012 • NY Daily News
NY Daily News
Purchase the Me&Ro Wheel of Transformation necklace for Her this Valentine's Day. read more
Flanagan, Law Enforcement Calling for Expanded DNA Database
February 6th, 2012 • Smithtown Radio
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
Valentine’s Giveaway: The Fearlessness Bracelet
February 5th, 2012 • Cool People Care
Sam Davidson
About the Fearlessness Bracelet: 
It’s a sad fact that in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes. The good news is that you can help change this statistic by winning a Fearlessness Bracelet. We have a super awesome jewelry giveaway this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to give this bracelet to someone else or you want to treat yourself and keep it, here is a beautiful bracelet with a wonderful cause. read more
Senate passes DNA databank expansion bill
February 1st, 2012 • Empire State News
The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples. read more
Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill
January 31st, 2012 • NewsLI.com
Christopher Boyle
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples. read more
Charitable Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Joyful Heart Foundation
January 30th, 2012 • Miss A
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
Personal Fouls
January 25th, 2012 • Huffington Post: Impact Blog
Mariska Hargitay
In September 2011, less than two months before the dismaying news started emerging from State College, Pennsylvania, NBC aired an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that tackled the rarely discussed topic of sexual abuse of boys and men. read more
WATCH: Mariska Hargitay Wants U.S. to Expand DNA Registry
January 25th, 2012 • Ecorazzi
Ali Berman
Law and Order SVU actress Mariska Hargitay is asking politicians to support an expansion of the current DNA registry so that real life crime fighters can have a better shot at catching wrong doers. read more
One Strong Ohana tweetup at P.F. Chang
January 25th, 2012 • The Star Advisor
Nadine Kam
The Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund has partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation to launch a statewide public awareness campaign called “One Strong ‘Ohana,” to promote the idea that the prevention of child abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. read more
Broome County DA Voices Support for DNA Databank Expansion
January 24th, 2012 • Fox News Channel 40
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

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