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Bill Introduced to Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog
September 6, 2017 • KTVN Channel 2
KTVN Channel 2

A bill called the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act was introduced today and will reauthorize, strengthen, and extend the Sexual Assault Forensic Registry program in an effort to help reduce the national rape kit backlog.

This legislation would also ensure pediatric forensic nurses are eligible for training, highlighting the need for pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners in responding to children suffering from abuse.

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Bloomingdale’s Welcomes Hampton’s Favorite Mariska Hargitay
May 30th, 2012 • Dan's Hamptons
The Soth Team
Last week, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street welcomed Hamptons favorite Mariska Hargitay, Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation, in support of Joyful Heart’s mission—to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
Broome County DA Voices Support for DNA Databank Expansion
January 24th, 2012 • Fox News Channel 40
Amanda Keeney
"I am 100% confident that of the elected DA's across the state will be supportive of this legislation," said Broome County District Attorney Gerry Mollen as he gathered with local law enforcement leaders Tuesday to voice their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's All Crimes DNA Bill. read more
California to propose an end to statute of limitations in rape cases
Nov. 10, 2015 • Al Jazeera
Marisa Taylor
At least 16 states have no statute of limitations for rape cases in face of rape kit backlog, delays in reporting crimes. read more
CC Sabathia, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and other celebrities take part in Bloomberg's 2nd annual 'Charity Day'
October 17, 2013 • New York Business Journal
Dan Orlando
Mariska Hargitay (Joyful Heart Foundation) and other celebrities participate in the Bloomberg Tradebook Charity Event. read more
Celebrities Answer Phones for Charity Trades
February 18, 2016 • Look to the Stars
Bloomberg Tradebook’s fourth annual Charity Day took place on November 4, and this year it was bigger and more global than ever. read more
Celebrities go shopping to support The Joyful Heart Foundation
July 6th 2012 • The Examiner
Cathy O'Brien
Celebrities came out to shop for a cause today in Bridgehampton, New York, at the Theodora & Callum boutique. The star-studded event directly benefitted New York charity organization The Joyful Heart Foundation. Celebrities were in a jovial mood as they attended the fundraiser with their families in tow, and wallet’s open, to shop for a cause. read more
Celebrities Including Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay are Rendered 'Speechless' with Emotion in New PSA to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence
Dec. 17, 2014 • Daily Mail UK
Erin Clements
The campaign, which also stars Tim Gunn, Jemima Kirke, Mary J Blige and other famous faces, was launched by the organization NO MORE. The videos feature outtakes from No More's previous campaign, and are completely unscripted.  read more
Celebrity Men Join Videos About Sexual Assault and Idea of 'Boys Will Be Boys'
October 24, 2016 • ABC News
Luchina Fisher

In the wake of recent discussions from the political campaigns about the conduct and language around sexual assault, a group of celebrity men are challenging the notion that "boys will be boys" in a series of public service announcements.

"Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay directed the 15- and 30-second spots that feature an all-male cast, including Andre Braugher, Anthony Edwards, Blair Underwood, Chris Meloni, Daniel Dae Kim, Dave Navarro, Ice-T, Nick Lachey, Raul Esparza and Tate Donovan.

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Celebrity PSAs Address Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse
April 1, 2014 • Look to the Stars
Look to the Stars
The new campaign speaks to the excuses and myths that male survivors of sexual abuse are confronted with. read more
Charitable Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Joyful Heart Foundation
January 30th, 2012 • Miss A
Lisa Beth Miller
Proceeds from the purchase of Joyful Heart products this Valentine's Day will be donated directly to the Foundation’s mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. read more
Check Out Kiernan Shipka In NO MORE’s New Campaign!
September 24, 2013 • Seventeen Magazine
Macey Hall
Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka wants you to say “NO MORE” to domestic violence and sexual assault! read more
Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay – NO MORE PSA Launch at MILK Studios. – Los Angeles, CA
September 27, 2013 • Contact Music
Photo of Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay - NO MORE PSA Launch at MILK Studios. read more
Chris Meloni, Andrew Rannells, & Other Male Actors Take Powerful Stance Against Sexual Assault
October 27, 2016 • Out Magazine
Natalie Whalen

Friends of Mariska Hargitay teamed up for a new series of sexual assualt PSAs for her Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization committed to “transforming society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.”

The 15 to 30 second clips feature celebrities, including former Law and Order: SVU co-star Chris Meloni, Quantico actor Blair Underwood, The OC star Tate Donovan, musician/actor Nick Lachey, Broadway's Andrew Rannells, and others reciting some of the most commonly used defenses that enforce societal norms about sexual assault.

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Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank, and Maria Bello Show Their Support at Joyful Heart Foundation’s JoyROCKS in Los Angeles
September 27, 2013 • InStyle
Celebrity Parties! Column
For Mariska Hargitay playing Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999 has meant much more than just acting. read more
Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases
April 22nd, 2012 • Cleveland Plain Dealer
Rachel Dissell
More than two years ago, Cleveland police started an ambitious project to account for thousands of pieces of evidence in sexual assault cases going back at least 20 years. In doing so, they join a growing number of cities across America that are testing old evidence that has the potential to solve cold cases and offer some solace for victims, even in cases that can't be prosecuted. read more
Congress Moves Forward on Rape-Kit Funding
June 5, 2014 • Ms. Magazine
James Hildebrand
The U.S. Senate subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies showed its support this week for combating the backlog of untested rape kits by including $41 million in its 2015 fiscal year spending bill as part of a community-based sexual assault response reform initiative. read more
Congress must reauthorize VAWA now
March 15th, 2012 • The Hill
Mariska Hargitay and Terri Poore
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark in the movement to end violence against women and girls, is up for re-authorization. Authored by then-Senator Joseph Biden and signed into law in 1994, VAWA revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, and the way communities respond to survivors. read more
Congress Poised To Dedicate $41 Million To Help End Backlog of Rape Kits
Dec. 11, 2014 • CBS New York
CBS NY Staff
“It’s a huge deal,” said Sarah Tofte, vice president of policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which is pushing for ending the rape kit backlog. read more
Congress slated to increase rape kit funding by $45M
December 16, 2015 • USA Today
Steve Reilly

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are positioned to devote $45 million in the 2016 fiscal year to combat the nation’s accumulation of untested sexual assault kits.

The funding, included as part of the omnibus spending bill Congress released Wednesday, is aimed at helping local law enforcement agencies test backlogged sexual assault evidence kits and perform related activities as part of a U.S. Justice Department initiative.


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Courtney Love, Patti Smith Bring Punk Cred To Mariska Hargitay's Charity Event
May 18th, 2011 • MTV
Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Your typical posh charity benefit in Manhattan usually includes a celebrity or two, maybe a performance by an artist who was popular in the '90s and a room full of insanely rich (and generous!) people. And while all of the above were at the Museum of Modern Art last night, the benefit for "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart organization had a whole lot more. read more
Creativity in Bloom
March 6, 2103 • MidWeek
Rasa Fournier
Visit the Art Auditorium to be immersed in some lady power with the National Organization for Women’s production of Vagina Monologues March 7, 8 and 15. read more
Cristina Carlino: From Makeup to Motherhood
June 28th, 2010 • iVillage
Alina Dizik
When Cristina Carlino launched Philosophy, she created a brand that was about more than cute packaging and nicely scented body washes (though the Falling in Love fragrance is pretty heavenly). In fact, the brand aims to inspire women from both inside and out, using product bottles to pass along messages of hope or friendship while using simple yet effective ingredients. Of course, behind Philosophy is a woman with a philosophy: create a better world, one small step at a time. read more
Cuomo Signs Law to Expand New York's DNA Databank
March 19th, 2012 • From the G Man
Joella Marano
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joined by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today signed into law a historic bill that makes New York State the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or Penal Law misdemeanor. In addition, the new law also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction where innocence is claimed. read more
Cuomo, thronged by crimestoppers, signs DNA bill
March 19th, 2012 • Albany Times Union
Casey Seiler
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill expanding the state’s DNA database to include misdemeanors in addition to felonies. Left out of that list of crimes: first-offense misdemeanor marijuana possession, a crime that Assemblywoman Barbara Clark [corrected] noted scoops up a disproportionate number of black and Latino youths. read more