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Private Practice takes on dark subject of rape
November 2nd, 2010 • The Star
Chuck Barney
Private Practice is the latest in a long line of prime-time television shows that have used rape, and its related issues as a fodder for dramatic storytelling. read more
PSAs Capture Football Players’ Reactions to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
Nov. 26, 2014 • The Washington Post
Diana Reese
Sometimes there just aren’t any words. read more
Q&A with Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order actress, and creator of Joyful Heart Foundation
April 1, 2015 • Fempower
Melissa Seymour

Melissa Seymour: Hi, Mariska! Thanks so much for speaking with us today. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Mariska Hargitay: I’m an actress an activist, and a mom of three.  I’ve played Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for the past 16 years. I’ve also taken my turn behind the camera, directing the groundbreaking NO MORE PSAs and a number of episodes of Law & Order: SVU.  I am also the Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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Q&A With Yoga Enthusiast Heather Mnuchin
June 15th, 2011 • Harper's Bazaar
Jessica Minkoff
Yoga enthusiast Heather Mnuchin and her instructor to the stars Alanna Zabel recently launched AZIAM, a line of yoga-wear that is not only turning heads, but had a charitable aspect. Ten percent of the proceeds from their new "Pure Joy" wife lover (as opposed to a wife beater) are given to the Joyful Heart Foundation, an advocate for victims of sexual abuse that was founded by Law & Order's Mariska Hargitay. BAZAAR chatted with Mnuchin to get the inside scoop. read more
Rape evidence in U.S. languishes untested in police storage
April 23, 2013 • Trust Law
Lisa Anderson
NEW YORK - The United States leads the world in the use of rape kits to gather DNA and forensic evidence from victims of sexual assault, but hundreds of thousands of those kits remain untested, some for years, according to researchers. read more
Rape is the only crime where the victim is treated like a suspect, investigator says
February 19, 2018 • Fox News 29 San Antonio
Yami Virgin

Texas Chief Investigator and Sexual Assault Investigation Trainer, Wayne Springer, says an officer’s job is to collect and send the facts, not pass judgment. “This is the only crime you'll ever see that the victim becomes the accused almost instantly,” Springer explains.

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Rape Kit Contribution Should Spur Congressional Action
Nov. 16, 2014 • The Washington Post
Editorial Board
Under the program announced in New York, $35 million in civil forfeiture assets will be made available to localities and states across the country to test some 70,000 rape kits, which are a collection of physical evidence painstakingly taken from victims of sexual assault. read more
Rape Kit Testing Backlog Thwarts Justice for Victims
May 20th, 2010 • ABC News
Devin Dwyer and Lisa Jones
When Valerie Neumann woke up dazed and physically bruised the morning after her 21st birthday, the awful reality began to sink in that she had been raped. Neumann then made the difficult decision many sexual assault victims make -- to submit to the ordeal of a rape kit at her local hospital. 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
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 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, 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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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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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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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
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
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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Senate Delay Threatens Funding for Thousands of Untested Rape
June 23, 2014 • Autostraddle
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
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