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Hot Pics: Aloha, Mariska!
September 1st, 2012 • Us Weekly
US Weekly
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann attended the Joyful Heart Foundation's Inaugural Joyful Mele Gala in Honolulu, Hawaii September 1. read more
How #MeToo could move from social campaign to social change
November 9, 2017 • CNN
Sandee LaMotte

A CALL TO MEN launch the Joyful Heart Foundation, which includes an op-ed and public service announcement featuring male celebrities.

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How Can We Solve America's Backlogged Rape Kit Problem?
May 11, 2017 • Glamour
Cady Drell

Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States. That's a number big and scary enough that you'd think it would be a compelling argument for doing something about it, and yet sexual assault cases rarely even go to trial, let alone lead to a conviction. One part of the problem: It's estimated that 175,000 sexual assault evidence kits — often referred to as "rape kits" — remain untested in evidence storage facilities around the country. 

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How Mariska Hargitay's 'Law & Order' Role Spurred HBO's Sexual Assault Doc
April 24, 2017 • The Hollywood Reporter
Ashley Lee

After 18 years of starring in Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay is taking on sexual assault offscreen.

The star of NBC’s long-running procedural series is a producer of I Am Evidence, a new documentary highlighting the hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the United States. The dormant status of these kits, some of which have been left in police evidence storage rooms for decades, mirrors the pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault victims. Meanwhile, perpetrators are never held accountable for their crimes.

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Hundreds of sexual assault kits untested in Missouri
January 5, 2016 • KOMU 8
Emna Nicolas

COLUMBIA – Hundreds of rape and sexual assault kits in Missouri go untested for months or years at a time, while some are never tested at all.

The current state of Missouri’s system to prosecute rapists is failing survivors who made the choice of enduring the four to six-hour examination required to create a kit.

“And they do that with the expectation that the evidence will be used in their case, and that it will be handled appropriately and effectively,” said Ilse Knecht, the Joyful Heart Foundation's policy and advocacy director.

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I AM EVIDENCE – Time For Justice!
December 13, 2017 • HuffPost
Caroline Hart

If you believe in justice for the victims of sexual abuse, then make Mariska Hargitay’s HBO documentary - I AM EVIDENCE - coming to HBO in the next few months - a priority to watch. It will enrage you to know that over 400,000 rape kits in the USA have remained untested, leaving victims without justice and predators on the loose to rape again.

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I am Pure Joy
February 16th, 2011 • The Huffington Post
Alanna Zabel
I had the honor of attending Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation annual celebration last week. This organization that Mariska started works to heal, educate and empower victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. T read more
If We Want To Take Sexual Assault Seriously, We Need To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits First
December 10, 2013 • ThinkProgress
Tara Culp-Ressler
Here in the United States, which came first: A victim-blaming rape culture, or a police force that doesn’t take sexual assault cases seriously? It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation. There’s no right answer. read more
In a man's game, Mark Herzlich is standing up for women
October 24, 2015 • The New York Times
Bill Pennington

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich grew up in locker rooms, from peewee football to the N.F.L.

“It’s a very unusual work environment — a small space and 100 percent male,” Herzlich said.

Locker to locker, the setting is marinated in machismo, with a lineup of employees celebrated for their toughness.

“We play a rough game on TV,” Herzlich said. “People see us and say: ‘Man, look at that dude. That’s a guy right there.’ ”

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In Rockville visit, Biden announces new program to curb domestic violence
March 13, 2013 • The Washington Post
Bill Turque
Vice President Biden, in Rockville Wednesday to announce a new initiative to curb domestic violence, got personal as he described the effort to eliminate what he called “a blight on the nation’s conscience.” read more
In unusual step, victims told of destroyed NC rape kits
January 1, 2018 • Associated Press
Associated Press

When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room.

“I was treated like a female crying wolf,” said Veronica, who says the man raped her while she was unconscious. She believes he drugged her drink.

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In Washington, Mariska Hargitay gives serious talk, hangs out with Joe Biden
March 13, 2013 • Washington Examiner
Nikki Schwab
Getting emotional at times, Mariska Hargitay discussed her journey from actress to sexual assault and abuse advocate Wednesday at the National Press Club. read more
Informed Obsession: Me&Ro Fearlessness Bracelet
June 6th, 2012 • The Fashion Informer
The Fashion Informer
Looking for a unique gift for the guy in your life but coming up empty? Your search ends here. Me&Ro has partnered with Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation to create this men's bracelet, which features the word "Fearlessness" engraved on a sleek silver tube threaded through a natural leather cord. read more
Inside the national effort to combat the rape kit backlog – and how Detroit Is leading the fight
June 9, 2016 • People
Diana Pearl

After Natasha Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint in New York City in 1993, her first instinct was to try to wash the experience off her.

"It was an ordeal that changed my life forever," she says. "And your first instinct after you've been assaulted – at least mine – was to take a hot shower."  

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Interview with Maile Zambuto and Dr. Valli Kalei Kanuha
July 18th, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
Joyful Heart CEO Maile Zambuto and board member Valli Kalei Kanuha, Ph.D, discuss the findings of new research on the Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hawai'i on Sunrise Hawaii News Now. The research report, released in partnership by the Joyful Heart Foundation and the Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund, is available for download. read more
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog
June 22, 2015 • RH Reality Check
Sofia Resnick
“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.” -Kiyona Phillips read more
Is It the End for Grey's Anatomy's Owen and Cristina?
March 5th, 2012 • TV Guide
Carita Risso

Uh oh! It looks like bad news for fans who hope that Grey's Anatomy docs Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) can still save their marriage.

"It's just sad and hard right now," Oh told TV Guide Magazine at Sunday's L.A. benefit for Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation which supports survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. "If there's [hope], I can't see it right now."

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Isle child abuse report rate twice statewide rate
January 9th 2012 • West Hawaii Today
Erin Miller
Hawaii County adults are twice as likely to report having been abused as children than adults statewide. That's according to a recent survey, released this week by the Joyful Heart Foundation. The foundation surveyed 702 residents in all four counties. read more
It Took 9 Years to Finally Get Justice for My Sexual Assault
April 11, 2017 • Woman's Day
Kristen Mascia

Henrietta Sykes had all but given up on the arrest of the man who allegedly assaulted her. But when officials in her small town uncovered a dirty secret, they were finally able to give her—and hundreds of other women—the justice she deserved.

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It's time to test rape kits
May 15th, 2011 • Houston Chronicle
Mariska Hargitay, Sarah Tofte and Annette Burrhus-Clay
Over the last two years, cities across Texas, including Houston, have acknowledged significant backlogs of untested rape kits in their police storage facilities — at least 4,000 kits in Houston and another 16,000 untested kits in Dallas and San Antonio combined. read more
It’s Not a Backlog, It’s a Lack of Concern for Rape Victims
January 15, 2016 • Counterpunch
Lauren Finley

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 107 seconds. “Rape kit” is the term used to describe the physical evidence obtained from a victim who reports being sexually assaulted. Victims’ bodies are, in essence, the crime scene. They endure what some might describe as a second sexual violation, being scraped, poked and prodded, only out of hope that their perpetrator can eventually be held accountable. And perhaps not rape again, as so many do.

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Jamba Juice benefits Hawaii Childrens Trust
January 17th 2012 • Hawaii 24/7
Hawaii 24/7
Jamba Juice’s new Fit ‘n Fruitful smoothies are a great new option – and support a great cause. read more
Jamba Juice Hawai‘i Donates More Than $6,700 to One Strong ‘Ohana Campaign
May 3rd, 2012 • Hawaii News Now
Bennett Group
The sweet reward of a three-month promotion between Jamba Juice Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund has raised more than $6,700 for the trust fund’s One Strong ‘Ohana campaign. From January through March of this year, Jamba Juice Hawai‘i donated 25 cents from every Fit ‘n Fruitful smoothie. read more
Jamba Juice to benefit One Strong 'Ohana
January 11th, 2012 • The Maui News
The Maui News
Jamba Juice to benefit One Strong 'Ohana read more
Jane Doe No More to Honor Actress Mariska Hargitay and the Joyful Heart Foundation with Dr. Henry C. Lee Award
March 8, 2016 • Naugatuck Patch

Jane Doe No More, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and improving the way society responds to victims of sexual violence, is proud to announce Mariska Hargitay, star of the NBC hit drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) and the Joyful Heart Foundation along with Attorney James G. Clark and the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut will be honored at the Jane Doe No More Dr. Henry C. Lee Award & Recognition dinner with the 7th annual Dr. Henry C. Lee Award on Friday, March 18, 2016.

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