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Your support has made many remarkable moments possible in our work to heal, educate and empower. Your commitment, your resolve and your belief in change inspire us every day. We've launched this platform for you to share your own meaningful moments right here. Whether words, an image or a video, we invite you to contribute your moment of joy, gratitude, healing, change, hope, progress—anything significant to you. 

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Its On Me

I've never thought my words would matter. When I was in high school, I was sexually assaulted by a football player. I was a teenager- head over heels in love with...

I've never thought my words would matter. When I was in high school, I was sexually assaulted by a football player. I was a teenager- head over heels in love with the fact that our star quarterback "liked me". One day, he walked me to class- alone in the back hallways where we knew there wouldn't be any traffic or teachers to keep their eyes on us. I've always been shy when it came to public affection, but this boy made me bold. And yet, I was always scared to be left alone. I wasn't strong enough to resist him. And so, as I bent down to tie my shoe, he grabbed my butt. I asked him to stopped. He only laughed. As I stood up, he pushed me into the wall, and I became terrified. I asked him to stop, and remember saying I had to get to class. He laughed and began putting his hands down my pants. I froze and he laughed, saying that no one would believe me anyway- that I was "too smart" to let sexual assault happen to me. The first time I told this story, was through tears at an open mic during our sexual assault awareness week. I had kept my story to myself for so long. It was full of shame, guilt, and secrecy. But, when I opened up with others, the story gave me a power. It allowed me to heal others, to be a light, and a voice. It gave me the chance to put it on me- to put the power to end sexual assault in my hands.I am speaking. I am crying. I am healing.

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I did an ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS, but also in honour of the Joyful Heart Foundation and End The Backlog. So important to me to spread the word in the UK about the amazing changes you are creating. From the bottom of my now joyful heart, thank you.

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Breaking the Silence

We need to change things in our country, and we don’t need more doctors or counselor telling the media on what is happening to kids that are being sexual abused; it...

We need to change things in our country, and we don’t need more doctors or counselor telling the media on what is happening to kids that are being sexual abused; it needs to come from us the survivors. We need to tell our stories so we can break the social silence that keeps us quiet of our past.

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Healing and justice

I never received justice for my sexual assault or physical abuse. In fact, my abuser died. Finding the Joyful Heart Foundation, SVU, Mariska, has provided me with the...

I never received justice for my sexual assault or physical abuse. In fact, my abuser died. Finding the Joyful Heart Foundation, SVU, Mariska, has provided me with the justice and healing that I need. For years I couldn't share my story, I was depressed, angry, and stayed in bed all day everyday for months. I stumbled upon the foundation and Mariska and things slowly started to change. It was the first time that I learned that people care about me and wanted to help me! Thank you! Thank you for saving my life!

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Forgiveness

I'm learning to heal with time, and it's hard, but it's worth it.

I'm learning to heal with time, and it's hard, but it's worth it.

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Speaking Out

I spoke out to a councilor and I cried but it helped so much. Just to get it off my chest. I could barely speak, but writing notes and giving them to her and having her...

I spoke out to a councilor and I cried but it helped so much. Just to get it off my chest. I could barely speak, but writing notes and giving them to her and having her telling me that it wasn't my fault and telling me she believes me when no one else did- not even the police. And it just felt good when everything was bad. Knowing that I had already broke down and got it over with felt amazing.

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My life, and this work—the work that we are doing together—is a testament to the fact that healing is possible. That change is possible. That justice is possible. This captures a remarkable moment for me—one when I felt in my heart like never before that the end of violence and abuse is possible.

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Rape Survivor Tattoo

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JHF Gala 2016

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Forgiveness

Since my attack in May 2013, I have been able to forgive myself and others who didn't support my report. I am still struggling to forgive my attacker and the police...

Since my attack in May 2013, I have been able to forgive myself and others who didn't support my report. I am still struggling to forgive my attacker and the police officer who claimed I was lying but that will come in time.

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Miracles Do Happen

2014 was a very dark year for me - probably my darkest ever - but in the midst of that darkness, several very special and beautiful lights appeared in my life. These...

2014 was a very dark year for me - probably my darkest ever - but in the midst of that darkness, several very special and beautiful lights appeared in my life. These people helped me to keep on going despite the overwhelming despair that made me not want to. Their appearance in my life showed me that the most unexpected and miraculous things can be waiting for you just around the corner, so it made me realize that perhaps it's possible that one day I will heal and that my life will feel worth living again, even though it still feels impossible right now. But maybe things won't always be this painful. And maybe the future has some more good things in store, things that I can't even conceive of yet, but I'll only experience that goodness if I remain alive. My gratitude for these earth angels who have given me this hope is immeasurable.

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Push past the darkness and into the light!

Even though there is darkness all around I have been able to push through by surrounding myself with family and friends who support and love me. Don't let ur...

Even though there is darkness all around I have been able to push through by surrounding myself with family and friends who support and love me. Don't let ur assailant have control. Be the you that you have always wanted to be and surround yourself with people you hope to become. You are loved and you are strong. Fight with me and so many others to show our abusers that we are in control not them.

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It's time for a change

Recently a friend of mine posted on social media that they overheard an argument between their neighbors. My question to them was if they heard the argument turn violent...

Recently a friend of mine posted on social media that they overheard an argument between their neighbors. My question to them was if they heard the argument turn violent, what would they do. Their response was they would just roll over and go back to sleep. I would assume that is the same response many others would have, even if they wouldn't admit to it. Having been a victim of domestic violence myself, their response hurt a little bit, even though I know that was furthest from their intentions. It brought me back to the time that I was being hurt in my own home while one of my children were sleeping in the other room. I had finally had enough and went to call 911 on my phone when he snatched it out of my hands. I went to the room in which my son was sleeping and picked him up so we could leave. I knew he wouldn't hurt me with my son in my arms. I tried to leave and he blocked the door preventing me from being able to open it. I screamed for help as loud as I could over and over again until I was out of fight. No help ever came, and while I made myself believe for many years that help didn't come because no one heard it, I am sure it was just the opposite. I am sure someone heard me. We lived in a four plex unit with neighbors all around us. Like so many others, they chose not to help because they didn't want to get involved. It wasn't their business so they were going to stay out of it. We need to change that mindset. Being that woman who desperately wanted out and needed help from someone else, I know how hard it is for the next woman going through the same thing I went through. We can't just sit by and say, it is none of my business or I don't want to get in the middle of this. All you have to do is pick up the phone and report what you heard. Let an officer go to the home and do a welfare check. It could turn out to be something other than you thought it was, but what if it wasn't? What if your phone call prevented someone from getting another black eye or broken wrist? What if your call saved someone's life? The circumstances may not be your business, but what if this person was not able to get the help on their own no matter how badly they wanted to? By calling and reporting, you are opening a door for them. You are telling them someone has heard their cries and someone is there and able to help when they are ready for it. It is letting the abuser know that people won't just stand by and listen to this happen, that when they hear this happen they are going to call and report it. You may think you are going to make it worse, but to the person getting abused each day they are abused is the worst day of their life. If you don't call they will get abused, and if you do call and they make the choice to stay, they will still get abused. We need to stop standing by and pretending this doesn't exist. Pretending it doesn't exist won't make the violence go away, it will be an open door for the abusers to believe they can keep doing what they are doing with no repercussions. Be the change we need and speak out for all those people who feel they have no voice.Give them the voice they never thought they had.

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