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Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill
January 31st, 2012 •
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
Some advocates believe rape kit testing should not be left to law enforcement’s discretion
Nov. 9, 2015 • Idaho Press-Tribune
Ruth Brown
Advocates, legislators and law enforcement discuss current rape kit testing laws and what, if anything, should be done to change them. read more
Some Social Media Tips for Cause Marketers
September 30th, 2009 • AdAge
Scott Pansky
Today, digital strategies are essential for any effective cause marketing campaign. Scott Pansky of Allison & Partners shares some numbers, then offers tips on best practices for using digital media. read more
SPD Leaves most Rape Kit Evidence on the Shelf
Nov. 25, 2014 • King 5 News
Linda Byron
The Seattle Police Department's records show that in a little over a decade, 1,641 rape kits were booked into evidence. But only 365 of kits were tested, just 22% of the total. read more
Star-Studded PSAs Say No More To Domestic Violence
July 10, 2014 • Look to the Stars
Look to the Stars
Viacom Velocity Creative has partnered with Mariska Hargitay, founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, to create a star-studded NO MORE PSA Campaign. read more
State Attorney's Office receives $2 million federal grant to clear rape test-kit backlog
September 10, 2015 •
Derek Gilliam
State Attorney Angela Corey announced Thursday afternoon that her office has received nearly $2 million in a federal grant to eliminate the about 1,300 sexual-assault test kits sitting on evidence shelves at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. read more
States fight rape kit backlog
February 25, 2014 • MSNBC
Erin Delmore
States across the country are proposing and enacting legislation to tackle the estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. read more
States on Skates and Joyful Heart Foundation
April 8, 2015 • Click Orlando
Steal Her Style (For a Good Cause): Julia Roberts’ Printed Scarf
December 15, 2013 • InStyle
What's Right Now!
Julia Roberts wears the Theodora & Callum Red Printed "Joyful Heart" Multi Scarf. read more
Study finds sexual and domestic violence widespread, largely undiscussed
September 23, 2013 • CBS News
Alexander Trowbridge
An estimated 22 percent of Americans say they have been a victim of domestic violence, and 13 percent report being the victim of sexual assault, a women's awareness group reported Monday. read more
Style Hunter: Detective Benson's "Fearlessness" Pendant on Law & Order: SVU
November 20, 2012 • Entertainment Weekly
Nakisha Williams
On the Nov. 14 episode of Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay’s character wore a necklace that made a powerful statement in support of real-life survivors of violent crimes. read more
SVU's Mariska Hargitay Doesn't Know Where She Ends & Olivia Benson Begins—And Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
September 27, 2017 • E! News
Chris Harnick

Mariska Hargitay says the character has taught her so much, changing her life and serving as the impetus for the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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SVU's Mariska Hargitay Helps Trauma Survivors On-Screen and Off
February 19th, 2010 • TV Guide
Robyn Ross
Mariska Hargitay's character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has devoted her life to helping survivors of assault and abuse, and the actress is doing her part in real life as well. Her Joyful Heart Foundation, inspired by Hargitay's experiences on the show, aims to aid and inspire people who have suffered sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
SVU's Mariska Hargitay on Vice President Joe Biden's Guest Role and THAT Premiere Shocker
September 21, 2016 • People
Lanford Beard

Mariska Hargitay has had to portray a lock of terrifying, disturbing scenarios in 17 seasons on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but the actress and mother of three was especially impacted by one shocking scene in the season 18 premiere. 

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SVU’s Mariska Hargitay Says NO MORE to Rape and Domestic Violence
Dec. 19, 2014 • The Washington Post
Diana Reese
If you’ve ever watched even one episode of “SVU,” you can understand why Hargitay, who’s won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her portrayal of Det. Benson, has turned activist for the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her latest effort, aimed “at getting the conversation started” about these issues that often “are swept under the carpet,” ironically relies on silence and raw emotion rather than on cleverly scripted words. read more
Taking Action to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicide
March 14, 2013 •
Lynn Rosenthal
Yesterday I attended an event held by Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder focused on reducing domestic violence homicides. read more
Taking on Goliath
November 29th, 2011 •
Holly Houston
When 18-year-old Ella Burnside—event chair and champion of a cause shared by women everywhere—took the podium at Taking on Goliath October 20, she answered the question on everyone’s minds: No. She is not a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse. How this fierce young dynamo came to embody the biblical David slaying the giant began, of all places, in a classroom! read more
Taking on Goliath Benefiting The Joyful Heart Foundation
October 6th, 2011 •
Bella Portaro
Taking on Goliath is a dinner and silent auction benefiting The Joyful Heart Foundation that will take place on October 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Olmstead here in Louisville. The emcee for the evening is Wave 3’s Scott Reynolds. Entertainment for the night will be provided by live band; Danny Flanigan and The Rain Chorus. read more