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Miss North Carolina USA: Advocating for Change

April 26, 2018 | BY Caelynn Miller-Keyes | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Caelynn Miller-Keyes is Miss North Carolina USA 2018. She received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently works as a mentor to young girls at Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in Weaverville. As Miss North Carolina USA she is committed to improving policies for sexual assault survivors and inspiring other survivors who want to share their experience.

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I AM EVIDENCE examines problem of untested rape kits

April 16, 2018
By
Brian Lowry

After years starring in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay is now highlighting the subject matter in a new way by producing I AM EVIDENCE, a sobering and timely look at the way rape kits have been left to languish, a policy decision with the ghastly effect of enabling serial perpetrators to continue assaulting women.

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Mariska Hargitay’s new documentary shines light on epidemic of untested rape kits

April 13, 2018
By
NBC Nightly News

The HBO documentary ‘I am Evidence,’ produced by actress Mariska Hargitay, follows women who reported sexual assaults and provided DNA evidence but discovered it was never tested.

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A shocking number of rape kits are untested—Mariska Hargitay wants to change that

March 30, 2018
By
Kate Coyne

Mariska Hargitay has been investigating crimes as Olivia Benson on Law & Order for almost two decades. And now she’s fighting for real-life justice to end rape-kit backlog, which is the subject of her new HBO documentary, I Am Evidence.

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The Intersections of Disability and Violence

March 23, 2018 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

NPR called it the “assault epidemic no one talks about.” Each year, people with disabilities—physical, mental, intellectual, and others—face disproportionate rates of sexual and domestic violence. And too often, they do not receive the support they need.

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Women and men display their #MeToo designs after tattoo fundraiser

March 13, 2018
By
Jessica Haynes

Dozens of women and some men now carry a permanent symbol of support for survivors of sexual assault and abuse after a Saturday #MeToo tattoo fundraiser. Participants could opt for a 2-inch black rose outline for $50 with proceeds going to the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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The problem with rape kits

March 8, 2018
By
Lux Alptraum

The original brilliance of the rape kit stemmed from the then-novel realization that the body of “a survivor of rape is a crime scene and there’s valuable evidence there,” says Ilse Knecht, policy and advocacy director for the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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Introducing Joyful Heart en Español

March 8, 2018 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Joyful Heart’s website now offers Spanish-language resources to make our educational materials about sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse accessible to those who speak Spanish, including the more than 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States.

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Seven Tips To Help Men Speak Out in Support of #MeToo

February 28, 2018 | BY Michael Kasdan, Director of Special Projects, The Good Men Project and Lisa B. Winjum, Vice President of External Affairs, Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

At the Golden Globe Awards last month, the #MeToo movement and TIME’S UP initiative took center stage. In a visually stunning show of solidarity, attendees—both women and men —wore black eveningwear and “Time’s Up” pins. But while nearly every woman who accepted an award spoke out in support of survivors in all industries, expressed their gratitude for the silence breakers, and called for change, not one man mentioned the #MeToo or TIME’S UP movements in their acceptance speeches. Not one.

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6 Tips for Parents Talking About Dating Abuse

Parents who suspect their child is in an unhealthy relationship may not know how to help. Parents can begin discussing healthy relationships and signs of dating abuse with their children before they even begin dating. Here are six tips on how parents can navigate having conversations about dating violence with their children.

1. Educate yourself.

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