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Famous New York moms on Mother's Day gifts
May 6th, 2012 • New York Daily News
Nicole Lyn Pesce
New York Daily News surveyed celebrity moms on best gifts to give and get for Mother's Day. read more
Federal Dollars Help Clear Untested Rape Kits
October 6, 2017 • News LI
Andrea Sears

New York City is getting some federal help to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits.

The Justice Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. The grants will help test kits that have often sat in evidence lockers for years, prosecute those identified by DNA analysis, and keep victims informed.

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Feds Kick In $38M More to Fight Rape-Kit Backlog
September 21, 2016 • Courthouse News Service
Nick Divito

Two years after shocking revelations about 70,000 rape kits that went unprocessed across the country for decades, the United States committed another $38 million on Monday to expand testing.

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Flanagan, Law Enforcement Calling for Expanded DNA Database
February 6th, 2012 • Smithtown Radio
James Brierton
New York State Senator John Flanagan and local law enforcement are calling for an expansion to the DNA database in the hope of solving more cases. read more
Former Houston woman sues city, officials over 6,000 untested rape kits
September 25, 2017 • Houston Chronicle
Gabrielle Banks

A former Houston woman is suing the City of Houston and a long list of current and former mayors and police chiefs for failing to investigate a backlog of more than 6,000 untested rape kits, and not identifying her attacker as a man who had been in a national police database for decades.

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From #MeToo to Men Too: How Men Can Prevent Harassment and Abuse
November 13, 2017 • HuffPost
Marianne Schnall

Since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault story broke the floodgates, every day brings new allegations of powerful men assaulting or harassing women, and millions of women have been publicly sharing their personal stories and declaring “#MeToo.” But why is the onus always on the women to share their stories, to be the only ones leading the outcry and call for change? Both men and women are asking how men can get more involved in this movement and are committed to educating men on how to use their voices and influence to become part of the solution.

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From 'SVU' to 'SNL': 'Law & Order's' Hargitay wants a shot at late-night laughs
March 7th, 2012 • Today Show
Mark Malkin
Listen up, "Saturday Night Live": We think it's time you let Mariska Hargitay host! read more
From cupcakes to bling, last-minute Mother's Day gifts
May 9th, 2012 • NBC
Amy Goodman
The Crystal & Resin Necklace by Aqua hits three hot trends: it’s pastel, it’s multi-layered and it has a charitable component! Best part: $8 from the sale of each necklace goes to the Joyful Heart Foundation during the month of May. read more
Gift Guide For Women — Stylish Shopping Ideas For The Holidays
November 27, 2013 • Hollywood Life
Theodora & Callum's Black Multi Inca Tie All Scarf benefitting Joyful Heart featured in Hollywood Life's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. read more
Going Beyond the Camera
August 13th, 2012 • Wall Street Journal
Melanie Grayce West
For many actors, there's one break-out role that forever changes a career. For actress Mariska Hargitay, a star turn as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has meant forever changing the lives of victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence through her Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Governor's 'No More' proclamation aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence
March 10, 2017 • Hawaii News Now
Shawn Ching

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor has declared March 5 to 12 "Hawaii Says No More" week to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Gov. David Ige presented Maile Zambuto, CEO of the Joyful Heart Foundation, with the official proclamation on Friday.

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Greek life tackles sexual assault
December 6, 2015 • The Stanford Daily
Yael Lederman

In 2011, students from a fraternity at the University of Vermont circulated an email asking members whom they wanted to rape. In 2010, Delta Kappa Epsilon members at Yale paraded around campus chanting what The Yale Daily News would later deem “an active call for sexual violence.”

Greek life has often found itself at the center of the sexual assault discussion nationwide. Although this issue is not isolated to Greek life, media and society often buy into a negative stigma of frequent sexual assault in the Greek community, often painting Greek life in a negative light.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Spoiler: Upcoming Episode to Tackle Sexual Assault
March 5th, 2012 • Wetpaint
Rebecca Martin
While Grey's Anatomy is known for its wacky, even sometimes funny, medical cases, Shonda Rhimes isn't afraid of facing more prevalent, serious issues head-on when she wants to. read more
Groups begin statewide child abuse prevention campaign
January 22nd, 2012 • The Garden Island
The Garden Island
The Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation to begin a statewide public awareness campaign called “One Strong ‘Ohana.” The groups will integrate television, radio, online and print public service announcements with grassroots programs, organizers said in a news release. read more
Guest column: End to rape kit backlog will serve healing
February 17, 2014 • The Commercial Appeal
Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and Sarah Tofte
Last week we stood together as Memphis made a public commitment to address and eliminate the city’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits. read more
Hargitay comes to the rescue
September 5th, 2010 • The Star Advertiser
Nadine Kam
A dinner with Joyful Heart Foundation officials and local supporters marked a homecoming for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay, who was in town last week for a series of private appearances on behalf of the organization she founded. read more
Hawaii: In Real Life ~ One Strong Ohana
March 7th, 2012 • Non Stop Honolulu
Melissa Chang
In the United States, nearly four children die every day as a result of child abuse and neglect. More than three quarters of these children are under the age of five and more than 40 percent of young victims won’t live to see their first birthday. In 2010, 4,199 cases of child abuse were reported in Hawaii. And yet, most of these could have been prevented: Studies show that the stronger the support network parents have, the less likely they are to abuse their children. read more
Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund’s One Strong ‘Ohana
January 16th, 2012 • Honolulu Star Advertiser
Diane Ako
From now until March 12, Jamba Juice Hawai‘i will donate 25 cents from each Fit ‘n Fruitful smoothie purchased to the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund’s One Strong ‘Ohana campaign. read more
Heal the Healers: Support for UH Hilo staff who care for survivors of trauma
November 4, 2016 • UH Hilo Stories
Susan Enright

Student Health and Wellness Programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is among six organizations selected to join the Joyful Heart Foundation’s “Heal the Healers Hawaiʻi” project.

The initiative, funded by the Atherton Family Foundation, supports a series of training and technical assistance sessions to train and support staff working with students who have experienced trauma.

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Healing the Healers
April 2011 • Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Each day, EMS providers save lives and put themselves at risk by often suppressing their own emotions. Eventually, this takes its toll. The Joyful Heart Foundation has found a way to help. read more
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart!
October 23rd, 2012 • Access Hollywood
Terri Macleod
Inspired by her role as Detective Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Mariska Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation to help abused women and children. Now a decade after Joyful Hearts was founded, Mariska teamed up with KIND nutrition bars to help children of abuse. The two organizations got together to chip in and package healing kits for children currently seeking shelter at Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Child Advocacy Center. read more
Heartbreaking PSA highlights the massive backlog of untested rape kits
February 13, 2018 • HuffPost
Alanna Vagianos

A new public service announcement is shining a much-needed light on the thousands of rape kits that go untested every year in the U.S.

The Joyful Heart Foundation, which created the PSA, estimates that hundreds of thousands of rape kits are sitting untested in law enforcement facilities around the country due to the lack of resources and funding. “Shelved” lays out in 60 seconds the far-reaching impacts of this backlog.

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HI: The Joyful Heart Foundation Presents The Inaugural Joyful Mele Gala In Honolulu
September 1st, 2012 • Getty Images
Marco Garcia
Pictures from the Joyful Heart Foundation's September 1st Joyful Mele Gala in Honolulu read more
Hilary Swank showcases her trim figure in a plum dress to support Mariska Hargitay at charity event
September 27, 2013 • Daily Mail
Iona Kirby
Hilary Swank attends a charity event hosted by Mariska Hargitay. read more
Holiday Gift We’re Loving: Me&Ro’s ‘Fearlessness’ Pendant
November 26, 2012 • People Magazine
Jennifer Cress
This holiday season, why not give a glam gift that gives back? New York City-based jewelry company Me&Ro recently teamed up with actress Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation to create the “Fearlessness Pendant,” designed to raise awareness and funds for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more