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Silent on rape no more
March 15, 2013 • The Washington Post
Kathleen Parker
Mariska Hargitay, better known as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art. read more
Shop for a Cause! This pretty Me&Ro pendant benefits The Joyful Hearts Foundation
December 7th, 2011 • Lucky Magazine
Ariana Marsh
Me&Ro has teamed up with Mariska Hargitay to raise money for the Law & Order star’s Joyful Heart Foundation, which aims to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
She's a Smash Hit! Megan Hilty Leads the Way During Punishing Fitness Gala Session
February 3, 2013 • Daily Mail
Mike Larkin
She plays a blonde bombshell desperate to star in a Broadway musical in TV favourite Smash. And Megan Hilty was a hit herself as she lead an exercise class in New York on Saturday. read more
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
Sexual abuse and domestic violence symbol is launched
March 18, 2013 • USA Today
Eliza Collins
Christine Mau doesn't want anyone to go through the abuse that she suffered, which is why she helped design the No More symbol. read more
Seven Changes That Would Empower the #MeToo Movement
November 25, 2017 • Newsweek
Marci A. Hamilton

The social media campaign #MeToo has been an extraordinary space where victims of sex harassment and assault have found their voices.

These victims are inspiring and you just want to believe that something good must come out of all of the pain that they have had to endure so long in silence.

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Sensational NBC Summer Preview Press Day
April 20th, 2012 • Hollywood Today
Valerie Milano & Lorraine Chambers
Sitting solo on stage, beautiful Mariska Hargitay of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ chats about her 13th seasons in the role as Olivia Benson as the 14th season is approaching. Besides being an award winning actress, Mariska has used her voice in support of her charity, Joyful Heart Foundation which offers healing, wellness and empowerment programs for survivors of abuse and the professionals who care for them. 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
Senate Delay Threatens Funding for Thousands of Untested Rape
June 23, 2014 • Autostraddle
Kaitlyn
It’s a problem of unknown magnitude — recent estimates place the numbersomewhere around 100,000 — but the consequences of the nationwide rape kit testing backlog are clear and appalling. read more
Schimel: Flood of submissions slowing sexual assault kit testing
December 6, 2017 • Associated Press
Associated Press

Attorney General Brad Schimel says a glut of submissions nationwide is slowing progress on analyzing thousands of untested sexual assault kits on Wisconsin police department shelves.

The Joyful Heart Foundation has been pushing states to analyze untested kits in hopes of developing DNA profiles for serial offenders.

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Say NO MORE to Domestic Violence
March 13, 2013 • Cosmopolitan
Natasha Burton
Every year, 12.7 million people are physically abused, assaulted, or stalked by their partners—and it's time we stand up and say no more. read more
San Francisco Police Make Progress on Backlog of Untested Rape Kits
Dec. 12, 2014 • CBS San Francisco
CBS San Francisco Staff
The San Francisco Police Department announced this week that it has cleared a backlog of sexual assault kits dating back more than 10 years. read more
Salida roller derby athletes tackling cross-country fundraising skate
April 28, 2015 • The Denver Post
Jason Blevins

Kim Bouldin sounds lost.

"What day is this? I've lost track. I think we are on day 20," she says, her voice lost in the growl of a passing truck.

She's at a roadside convenience store just outside Biloxi, Miss.

The days are a blur. Roller skating 700 miles on rough roads over three weeks does strange things to your mind and body, says the mother and wife from Salida.

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Rutgers says 'no more' to sexual violence, domestic abuse
November 3, 2015 • The Daily Targum
Natasha Tripathi

Two weeks ago on Oct. 1, Jake Comito gathered about 60 blue 3-by-2-foot poster boards with “NO MORE” printed at the top to Quad Circle on Livingston campus, where students were walking through and asked what the boards were all about.

The Rutgers Business School junior and resident assistant would then explain that he and a few close friends have taken the initiative to align with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s campaign against sexual violence and domestic abuse, "NO MORE."

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Retreat Raises $250K at Artists Against Abuse Gala
July 8th, 2011 • New York Nonprofit Press
New York Nonprofit Press
The Retreat held their 16th Annual Artists Against Abuse Benefit Gala at the Ross School Lower Campus Field House on Saturday, June 25, 2011. read more
Restoring joy to abuse victims
June 2016 • Hawaii Business Magazine
Jackie M. Young

When actress Mariska Hargitay started playing a sexual-assault detective on TV in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 1999, she began to get mail full of stories of personal abuse.

“She trained for the role at a rape-crisis shelter,” explains Kata Issari, 54, executive director of the Hawaii region of Joyful Heart Foundation, “and she was shocked at the statistics of sexual abuse and wondered why everyone wasn’t talking about these issues.”

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Red Pineapple Supports Joyful Heart Foundation
August 25th, 2012 • Paula Rath
Paula Rath
Nalani Holliday, owner/buyer of Red Pineapple in Ward Centre, has been a longtime supporter of Joyful Heart Foundation. It’s a not for profit organization founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson on the popular TV series, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” read more
Recycle Your Change!
May 29th 2012 • Hawaii News Now
Hawaii News Now
Whole Foods Market is helping shoppers Recycle Your Change! Whole Food's Natalie Aczon says the effort is in support of the Hawaiʻi Children's Trust Fund's One Strong ʻOhana campaign. read more
Rebuttal: Justice Requires Rape-Kit Testing
April 4th, 2011 • Women's eNews
Sarah Tofte
In February Women's eNews ran a commentary by Wendy Murphy about excessive attention being paid to a backlog of untested rape kits. Here Sarah Tofte offers a vigorous rebuttal, told in part through the tribulations of one young woman. read more
Real Life Heroes
OCT 25, 2012 • Us Weekly
US Weekly
Law & Order: SVU stars Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino and friends pack healing kits for children with the help of her Joyful Heart Foundation and KIND Healthy Snacks at Safe Horizon's Manhattan Child Advocacy Center in NYC. read more
Rape, suspended in time
September 7, 2015 • Las Vegas Sun
Megan Messerly
Hoping to bring closure to victims, Las Vegas fighting to analyze thousands of backlogged rape kits that have been in storage for decades. read more
Rape Victims Sue Police Over Decade-Long Rape Kit Backlog
December 27, 2013 • Mint Press News
Katie Rucke
A lawsuit accuses the Memphis Police Department of a history of discriminating against females. read more
Rape kits get DNA upgrade, 'SVU' star
October 22nd, 2009 • NY Post
Bill Sanderson
Two decades after their first use in New York emergency rooms, rape testing kits are being updated for the DNA age. read more
Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor’s Desk
Dec. 19, 2014 • RH Reality Check
Nina Liss-Schultz
The Ohio house passed a bill Wednesday meant to completely clear a backlog of untested rape kits in law enforcement offices across the state. read more

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