Media Archive by Year: 2014

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Mariska Hargitay Gets Support from Celeb Pals for Joyful Heart!
May 30, 2014 • http://www.justjared.com/2014/05/30/mariska-hargitay-gets-support-from-celeb-pals-for-joyful-heart/
Just Jared
Mariska Hargitay poses with her pal Debra Messing on the red carpet at the Joyful Heart Foundation’s Joyful Revolution Gala on Thursday evening (May 29) at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. read more
Mariska Hargitay on Her Most Challenging ‘L&O: SVU’ Season Yet: Even a Bad-Ass Can Be a Victim
June 19, 2014 • The Wrap
Sharon Waxman
Hargitay talks with The Wrap about motherhood, growing up in Hollywood and how Det. Benson has turned her into an avenging angel off-screen. read more
Mariska Hargitay Says Thank You For Funding Rape Kit Backlog
March 6, 2014 • Ecorazzi
Maria Mooney
ENDTHEBACKLOG is a part of the Joyful Heart Foundation’s initiative to end the injustice of untested rape kits, and its efforts have not gone unnoticed. read more
Mariska Hargitay talks 'SVU'
February 4, 2014 • CBS News
The Talk
Mariska Hargitay discusses how her role on 'Law and Order: SVU' influenced her decision to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, and shaped the mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Mariska Hargitay to Produce Documentary on Rape Kit Backlog (Exclusive)
March 10, 2014 • The Hollywood Reporter
Lesley Goldberg
The "Law & Order: SVU" star's Joyful Heart Foundation will serve as a beneficiary of the film. read more
Mariska Hargitay: ‘Society Continues to Misplace Blame on Survivors’
May 15, 2014 • Time
Mariska Hargitay
Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, much work remains. read more
Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in US
February 12, 2014 • WLOX 13
Kontji Anthony
Memphis has the largest known number of untested rape kits in the country. It is why the City of Memphis held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce several developments regarding the city's rape kit backlog. read more
Memphis Police official says rape kit backlog is shrinking
July 15, 2014 • The Commercial Appeal
Daniel Connolly
As of June, 1,185 previously untested kits have been tested. An additional 2,495 kits remained at forensic labs, and 5,553 remained untested. read more
Money to Address Rape Kit Backlog in Congressional Spending Bill
Dec. 10, 2014 • BuzzFeed
Alison Vingiano
Advocates praised the inclusion of $41 million to handle thousands of untested rape kits. read more
National Rape Kit Backlog Gets a $35 Million Boost
Dec. 9, 2014 • Epoch Times
Genevieve Belmaker
The massive national backlog of rape kits is being targeted by Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. According to Vance, there is a backlog of “hundreds of thousands of rape kits” across the country in police warehouses. read more
NFL STARS AND ACTORS ARE RENDERED "SPEECHLESS" BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THESE POWERFUL PSAS
Dec. 12, 2014 • Fast Company
Jennifer Miller
Some subjects are so painful, it's hard to find the words to talk about them. read more
No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Later
August 2, 2014 • The New York Times
Erik Eckholm
Like hundreds of thousands of other rape kits across the country containing evidence gathered from victims, that of Ms. Ybos lay untested for years on a storeroom shelf. read more
No Words: Boosted by NFL Controversy, Anti-Abuse Group Readies New Ads
Dec. 10, 2014 • AdAge
Jack Neff
Unscripted Ads Use Emotional Outtakes From Shoots; Will Super Bowl Follow? read more
Outtakes From the 'No More' Campaign Are More Powerful Than the Original PSAs: Y&R's 'Speechless' Series
Dec. 15, 2014 • Adweek
Andrew McMains
Sometimes, it's the unexpected things that happen on a commercial set that send the most powerful message of all. Case in point: the Joyful Heart Foundation's "No More" campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault. read more
PSAs Capture Football Players’ Reactions to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
Nov. 26, 2014 • The Washington Post
Diana Reese
Sometimes there just aren’t any words. read more
Rape Kit Contribution Should Spur Congressional Action
Nov. 16, 2014 • The Washington Post
Editorial Board
Under the program announced in New York, $35 million in civil forfeiture assets will be made available to localities and states across the country to test some 70,000 rape kits, which are a collection of physical evidence painstakingly taken from victims of sexual assault. read more
Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor’s Desk
Dec. 19, 2014 • RH Reality Check
Nina Liss-Schultz
The Ohio house passed a bill Wednesday meant to completely clear a backlog of untested rape kits in law enforcement offices across the state. read more
Rape Kit Testing Still Languishes
January 21, 2014 • The Chicago Tribune
Kay Manning
Test400K joins Natasha's Justice Project and the Joyful Heart Foundation in trying to change how law enforcement and society in general view sexual assault. read more
Rape survivors face resistance in fight to test rape kit backlog
May 29, 2014 • MSNBC
Meredith Clark
After San Francisco resident Heather Marlowe was drugged and raped at the city’s annual Bay to Breakers race in May 2010, she trusted local police to process her rape kit–the evidence collected during a forensic exam–and update her if any leads turned up. When they didn’t call for more than a year, she began researching why. read more
San Francisco Police Make Progress on Backlog of Untested Rape Kits
Dec. 12, 2014 • CBS San Francisco
CBS San Francisco Staff
The San Francisco Police Department announced this week that it has cleared a backlog of sexual assault kits dating back more than 10 years. read more
Senate Delay Threatens Funding for Thousands of Untested Rape
June 23, 2014 • Autostraddle
Kaitlyn
It’s a problem of unknown magnitude — recent estimates place the numbersomewhere around 100,000 — but the consequences of the nationwide rape kit testing backlog are clear and appalling. 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
Spending Bill Includes $41 Million to Help Rape Victims
Dec. 12, 2014 • ABC 2 WMAR Baltimore
WMAR Staff
Lawmakers have allocated $41 million to help rape victims as part of the $1.1 trillion spending plan approved by Congress Thursday night. 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
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

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