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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
Wayne Co. prosecutor wins praise from actress for rape kit efforts
March 14, 2013 • The Detroit News
David Shepardson
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy lobbied Wednesday for more federal support to test a backlog of more than 10,000 rape kits from Detroit and won praise from a national advocate for victims of sexual assault. After initially testing 400 of the kits picked at random from a backlog of 11,300 that were found in a Detroit police storage facility in 2009 for a pilot project, Worthy said they have completed testing another 398 rape kits. read more
Wayne Co. Prosecutor Worthy lobbies for more rape kit testing funds
March 13, 2013 • The Detroit News
David Shepardson
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy lobbied Wednesday for more federal support to test a backlog of more than 10,000 rape kits from the city of Detroit and won praise from a national advocate for victims of sexual assault. read more
Wayne County must put safety of its communities first: Sarah Tofte
June 6, 2013 • Detroit Free Press
Sarah Tofte
With Wednesday’s announcement that the State of Michigan may provide $4 million in funding to help test old rape kit evidence in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette made it clear that preventing and prosecuting sexual assaults in Detroit is a priority. read more
We hear . . .
July 4th 2012 • New York Post
New York Post
NYPost reports that Mariska Hargitay and Desiree Gruber will give a margarita toast at the Blue Parrot in East Hampton tomorrow for VIPs celebrating the collaboration between charity Joyful Heart Foundation and fashion line Theodora & Callum. read more
We’re Letting Untested Rape Kits Languish In Warehouses And It Has Huge Consequences
May 21, 2015 • Think Progress

Despite more than a billion dollars in public funding dedicated to helping law enforcement officials test the DNA evidence collected in rape kits, there’s still a huge backlog of untested kits collecting dust in storage facilities across the country, according to advocates who testified at a Senate committee hearing this week.

Because DNA evidence is collected on a local level, we have no idea exactly how many rape kits are languishing unopened in massive warehouses. Advocacy groups in the field believe that the total number is in the hundreds of thousands.


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What it's like to be Mariska
March 1, 2013 • Ladies' Home Journal
Susan Pocharski
She's funny, fearless, and incredibly fulfilled, and she flaunts her curves with real confidence. Luckily Mariska Hargitay let us get inside her head and stay awhile. read more
What's Hot Now!
October 18, 2013 • InStyle
You can shop Mariska Hargitay’s ‘No More’ tees in support of her Joyful Heart Foundation at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store in New York City or call to order. [Bloomingdale's] read more
When Décor Tells a Real Story
June 23rd, 2011 • Casa Sugar
David Stark
Of course, I am attracted to beauty. I am really thrilled, though, when design is infused with emotion and genuine meaning. Case in point, recently we collaborated with Mariska Hargitay and the whole dream team at her Joyful Heart Foundation to bring the purpose of the foundation’s work to life in the décor of their annual fundraising gala in New York City. read more
White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79 million to test rape kits
September 10, 2015 • Al Jazeera
Funding will go toward DNA testing on an estimated 70,000 rape kits, which are often backlogged because of expense. read more
Whole Foods Market Kahala Shoppers Raise More Than $1,000 for the One Strong ‘Ohana Campaign
August 10th, 2012 • Hawaii News Now
Bennett Group
A three-month collaboration between Whole Foods Market Kahala and the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund has raised $1,029 for the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign. From April through June of this year, Whole Foods Market Kahala customers were able to “recycle” their leftover change at registers upon check-out to benefit One Strong ‘Ohana. read more
Whole Foods Market® partners with the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign to help nurture Maui families
December 22nd, 2011 • WHF: Newsroom
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market’s Hawai‘i stores join a statewide awareness campaign aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. read more
Why 5,396 sexual assault kits went untested in Indiana
December 1, 2017 • The Indianapolis Star
Marisa Kwiatkowski

There are 5,396 sexual assault kits held in police custody that have not been tested, according to the results of an Indiana State Police audit.

State senators had adopted a resolution in April that urged State Police to count the number of untested sexual assault kits throughout the state and determine reasons why they were not tested.

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Why an Ohio Supreme Court case involving rape kits is drawing national attention
February 17, 2016 •
Rachel Dissel

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland rape case in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court could result in tougher standards for prosecuting cases reopened after tests on thousands rape kits, some that had been shelved for decades.

State and national victims' advocacy groups are closely watching the case. They've filed legal briefs warning that, if an appeals court decision stands, it could undermine justice for rape survivors and allow serial rapists to evade prosecution.

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Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved?
September 28th, 2010 • The Daily Beast
Linda Fairstein
On tonight’s Law & Order: SVU, police will discover thousands of unexamined rape kits—a chilling premise that’s not just fiction. Linda Fairstein on how the real backlog could solve countless crimes. read more
Why Every Business Should Also Get Into the Business of Good
April 29, 2015 •
Suzanne Lerner

As a founder of a global brand for over 25 years, Michael Stars (I founded it in 1986 year with my husband, Michael), it would be easy for me to only focus on opportunities that made me money or elevated my company's profile. But instead, I've chosen a dual career: one as a business leader, and one as a leader in philanthropy.

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Why Haven't 70,000 Rape Kits Been Tested for DNA?
July 20, 2015 • NBC News
Kate Snow and Rich McHugh

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits that could identify serial sexual attackers are sitting untested by police departments across the country — despite promises and federal funds to clear the backlog, a new agency-by-agency count suggests.

Documents obtained exclusively by USA TODAY Media Network, an NBC News partner, uncovered more than 70,000 neglected forensic evidence kits amassed by more than 1,000 police agencies. That's just a fraction of the nation's 18,000 police departments, so the total number of untested kits is likely far higher.


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Why Mariska Hargitay Considers Law & Order: SVU Her "Calling"
May 23, 2017 • E! Online
Chris Harnick

For Mariska Hargitay, playing Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU is more than just a job, it's a calling.

"Every day I get on my knees and thank God for this opportunity. It's not lost on me that God gave me this opportunity, this platform to speak about these issues. I really feel like it was a calling, it's not an accident I came on this show," Hargitay told E! News at The Joyful Heart Foundation gala. "I always wanted to be on service, but it's hard. You say, ‘What do I do? How do I be of service?' and this was an opportunity."

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Why Mariska Hargitay Races Home at the End of the Day
October 1, 2013 • ABC News
Michael Rothman
Mariska Hargitay was floored when fans of Law & Order: SVU began sending her mail that wasn’t just praising her performance on the show, but disclosing their own stories of abuse. read more
Why One Ohio Court Case Could Be Detrimental for Rape Victims Everywhere
February 8, 2016 • Broadly.
Lindsay Schrupp
Despite Ohio's extensive initiative to test thousands of previously untested, backlogged rape kits, one Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the ways in which future rape cases are prosecuted. read more
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime
August 25, 2013 •
Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the terrible, misplaced social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence, they overcome the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent, they overcome the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of, and they speak up. read more
Win Joyful Heart’s ‘No More’ Necklace by Me&Ro!
February 1, 2013 • Ladies Home Journal
Sonia Harmon
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay totally inspired us in our March 2013 cover story with her words of wisdom on everything from loving her curves to gaining self-confidence. read more
Wisconsin DOJ contracts with 2 more labs to test kits
February 5, 2018 • Associated Press
Associated Press

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is contracting with two more private labs to analyze untested sexual assault kits.

The Joyful Heart Foundation has been pushing states to analyze untested kits in hopes of developing DNA profiles for serial offenders. Nearly 4,000 Wisconsin kits have been designated for testing. Analysis has been completed on 862 kits so far.

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Work to end the rape kit backlog
August 30, 2013 • Tampa Bay Tribune
Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. read more
Working Out for a Cause
February 28, 2013 • Vanity Fair
Kristine Keller
New York City is flush with trendy workout options and celebrity trainers are as ubiquitous as the bodega. Journalist Kristine Keller attends Kettleball Kickboxing gala to support the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more