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ME&RO Fearlessness Tag Pendant
November 21, 2012 •
This pendant brings a graceful twist in a smaller size to the classic dog tag design and is engraved with "Fearlessness" as a reminder that embracing fearlessness inspires one to approach life with an open heart and to be strong in the face of life's adversities. read more
Meet Mariska Hargitay and Michael Cohen at Bloomingdale's 59th Street
May 24th, 2012 • NY Daily News
NY Daily News
Join Mariska Hargitay, Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation and star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Michael Cohen, founder of Michael Stars, in support of Joyful Heart's mission. read more
Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in US
February 12, 2014 • WLOX 13
Kontji Anthony
Memphis has the largest known number of untested rape kits in the country. It is why the City of Memphis held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce several developments regarding the city's rape kit backlog. read more
Memphis Police official says rape kit backlog is shrinking
July 15, 2014 • The Commercial Appeal
Daniel Connolly
As of June, 1,185 previously untested kits have been tested. An additional 2,495 kits remained at forensic labs, and 5,553 remained untested. read more
Miami PD to begin work on state’s largest backlog of untested rape kits
January 4, 2016 • Miami Herald
David Smiley

An effort to identify and process every untested rape kit in Florida has found that more than 3,700 exist in Miami-Dade County, including 2,243 held by Miami police alone — the most of any law enforcement agency in the state.

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Michael Stars Charity Tee
February 14, 2013 • Haute Pink Pretty
An Dyer
What are you wearing tonight for Valentines Day? read more
Michael Stars launches limited T-shirts
• The Beach Reporter
The Beach Reporter
Michael Stars is teaming up with actress Mariska Hargitay and Joyful Heart Foundation to introduce an updated capsule collection of limited-edition tees and tanks that launched nationwide last week. read more
Millions Earmarked to Clear 'Disturbing' Rape Kit Backlog
September 10, 2015 • NBC News
Kate Snow, Rich McHugh and Tracy Connor
New effort underway to clear rape kit backlog. read more
Missouri rape kit audit set to be done in early 2018
November 27, 2017 • Associated Press
Associated Press

The Missouri Attorney General's Office says it hopes to determine by early next year how many untested rape kits are on shelves in Missouri, a first step in an effort to improve the state's response to sexual assault.

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Money to Address Rape Kit Backlog in Congressional Spending Bill
Dec. 10, 2014 • BuzzFeed
Alison Vingiano
Advocates praised the inclusion of $41 million to handle thousands of untested rape kits. read more
More than 40 police agencies to get $79M to test rape kits
September 11, 2015 • USA Today
Steve Reilly and Charisse Jones
A USA TODAY/TEGNA joint investigation finds thousands of untested rape kits sitting in police department evidence rooms across the country. Rape victims, politicians and police are speaking out, hoping to change that. read more
Mother's Day Gift Guide: 15 Items for Your Chic Mom
May 1st, 2012 • Fashion ETC
Fashion ETC
10 percent of sales from each necklace goes to the Joyful Heart Foundation during the month of May. read more
Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Perfect Presents for a Cause
April 26th, 2012 • Where Can I Find The Perfect
Libby Steven
The sale of each of these head-turning coral baubles goes to the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Mother’s Day Giveaway 2012 – Bloomingdale’s Crystal & Resin Necklace by Aqua
May 2nd, 2012 • 5 Minutes for Mom
This Mother’s Day, Bloomingdale’s is thrilled to support the Joyful Heart Foundation, a special charity founded by celebrity mom Mariska Hargitay. Bloomingdale’s invites us to help support this important cause by shopping Bloomingdale’s and for two must-have gifts (perfect for mom, or any fashionista!) that support the cause. read more
Natasha's Justice Project, Stony Brook University To Study Rape Kit Backlog
September 16th, 2011 • The Huffington Post
Frank Eltman
A recently formed organization that contends there is a nationwide backlog of untested rape kits told The Associated Press on Monday that it was teaming with a New York university to try to figure out how many are sitting on police department shelves as a first step in clearing the logjam. read more
National Rape Kit Backlog Gets a $35 Million Boost
Dec. 9, 2014 • Epoch Times
Genevieve Belmaker
The massive national backlog of rape kits is being targeted by Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. According to Vance, there is a backlog of “hundreds of thousands of rape kits” across the country in police warehouses. read more
Nearly $80 Million Will Be Used to Finally Test Thousands of Rape Kits
September 10, 2015 • Jezebel
Anna Merlin

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch were in New York Thursday to announce that the White House has awarded $41 million in new rape kit testing grants to police departments across the country, added to the $38 million in grant money that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance already contributed. That $79 million will be used to test 70,000 backlogged rape kits across the country. Finally.


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Nearly half on isle know child abuse victim, study says
January 18th, 2012 • Hawai'i Tribune Herald
John Burnett
The study, "Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hawaii," found that 47 percent of Hawaii County residents say they know a victim of child abuse. It also found that 89 percent of Big Islanders believe child abuse is a major problem. read more
Neiman Marcus Links With Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation
September 2, 2014 • WWD
Lisa Lockwood

ODE TO JOY: Neiman Marcus teamed up with the Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for its 10th anniversary celebration. Neiman’s presented The NO MORE Lounge at Joyful Heart’s bi-annual Joyful Mele gala Sunday night in Hawaii, where Hargitay started the foundation. Neiman’s also sponsord Joyful Mele.

The event raised more than $500,000, all of which will be reinvested to support Joyful Heart’s work in Hawaii.


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Nevada lawmakers allocate funds to test rape kits
December 17, 2015 • Reno Gazette-Journal
Ken Ritter

LAS VEGAS – Nevada lawmakers have agreed to allocate almost $3.7 million to test 7,500 sexual assault evidence kits languishing in police vaults around the state, including some in Las Vegas dating back 30 years.

State Attorney General Adam Laxalt told the legislature’s Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday the state is just getting started digging through the backlog.

The money includes $1.7 million from a settlement this summer with JPMorgan Chase in a debt collection practices case toward the rape kit effort.


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New & Noteworthy: Youth photography exhibit; HUMC designer showhouse; and more
May 1st, 2012 • The Record
The Record
Joyful Heart Foundation benefit: Bloomingdale's at The Shops at Riverside will donate $8 to the Joyful Heart Foundation for every Michael Stars T-shirt or Aqua necklace in select colors purchased in May. read more
New celebrity PSAs address myth, societal attitudes that confront male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
March 7, 2016 • Honolulu Star Advertiser
Sophie Cocke

Joyful Heart and 1in6 are proud to share a new series in Joyful Heart’s groundbreaking, celebrity-driven NO MORE PSA campaign to address the myths and excuses surrounding males who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, and to invite male survivors to seek help at The PSAs were created in partnership with Viacom, directed by Joyful Heart’s Founder & President, actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, developed in partnership with Y&R, Executive Creative Director/Writer, Rachel Howald, and photographed by world-renowned celebrity photographer Timothy White.

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New Mexico Audit Finds 5,411 Untested Rape Kits
January 7, 2016 • Public News Service

SANTA FE, N.M. – Victims' rights advocates are hoping New Mexico officials take steps during the upcoming legislative session to deal with the state's backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or rape kits.

A state audit discovered more than 5,400 kits still sitting in police evidence lockers around the state. 


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New national funding will clear Utah’s backlog of untested rape kits
September 10, 2015 • The Salt Lake Tribune
The Associated Press
White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79M to test the kits nationwide. read more
New York Giants: What you're missing in Cowboys game
October 25, 2015 • Fansided
Nafisa H

Oh, it’s on! The New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys today in what will surely be an interesting showdown. With first place in the NFC East division on the line, the Giants are looking to even their 2015 series against their biggest rivals and bounce back from a dismal performance in Philadelphia Monday night. 

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