Your Moments

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. 

We also ask that you consider making a donation—any amount that is meaningful to you—to support Joyful Heart’s transformative work. 

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Such an honor to support this amazing organization. The only work you all do for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is incredible. You are changing the world, one survivor at a time.

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Opened Doors

I finally was able to open up to a dear friend about my assault many years ago - and his support meant more than is possible to put into words. The last time I'd...

I finally was able to open up to a dear friend about my assault many years ago - and his support meant more than is possible to put into words. The last time I'd told someone I was pushed aside & shamed for it. The two of us healed together - my willingness to talk about my experience led him to opening up about his as well. Our support for each other will help us grow immensely as people and as survivors.

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Thank You

I just want to say thank you. Because if it wasnt for Mariska Hargitay, this foundation, or Law and Order: SVU, I would have never told anyone about the sexual abuse...

I just want to say thank you. Because if it wasnt for Mariska Hargitay, this foundation, or Law and Order: SVU, I would have never told anyone about the sexual abuse that I went through for many years. Thank you. Thank you so very much <3

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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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Little Sister

My little sister was raped by my stepfather when she was just 10. Your foundation helped her, along with local therapy. Now, at age twelve, I almost see that bright eyed...

My little sister was raped by my stepfather when she was just 10. Your foundation helped her, along with local therapy. Now, at age twelve, I almost see that bright eyed little girl again who's not afraid. Thank you, from a big sister, and an open-eyed supporter.

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Learning to live again after 22 years of abuse

This past year has been my personal best EVER. I finally stood up for my son, and myself - against my abuser. As I was having a near-panic attack in the courthouse... we...

This past year has been my personal best EVER. I finally stood up for my son, and myself - against my abuser. As I was having a near-panic attack in the courthouse... we were alone near a court elevator and he opened his mouth... the cunning commentary that came from his lips.. didn't kill me.. but empowered me! I actually FELT the SHIFT of POWER leave him and RETURN to ME!!!! Since that day, I have stepped boldly, strongly, courageously, and learned to truly lead a life of which I am so proud, and so independent, and ever so grateful that I got a second chance to live a happy life outside the confines of abuse. I am honored that I have stood up and now speak out, as living testimony that you, too can not only survive on your own, but BE that example to your child why you shouldn't stay in an abusive marriage! I got me back, and love myself again!!

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Possibilities

I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the people who gave me support and guidance through my journey of discovery and healing. A victim of childhood sexual abuse...

I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the people who gave me support and guidance through my journey of discovery and healing. A victim of childhood sexual abuse and abuse and violence in what should have been safe..my own home and my first husband. When faced with the shame and disgust I felt towards myself... I found there are people who care. It started with my therapist, my very supportive second husband of 30 years and discovering Joyful Heart. I can honestly say I love who I am. I now do everything I can to help, so children and anyone who has had to go through this familiar pain, have the tools and resources to get the help they need.

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Inspired

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thank You

Made our first donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation today. I was a victim of sexual assault at 16. Now, at 48, I finally realize it wasn’t my fault. Thank you for...

Made our first donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation today. I was a victim of sexual assault at 16. Now, at 48, I finally realize it wasn’t my fault. Thank you for doing what you do and for giving so many a voice.

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healing as a survivoru

I was raped by two men,was abused as a child,went through cancer.but with the help and support of this foundation I have become stronger and become a survivor it took me...

I was raped by two men,was abused as a child,went through cancer.but with the help and support of this foundation I have become stronger and become a survivor it took me 32 years to come out but I can not thank you all enough for what you have done you are my inspiration to keep going.

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Thank you

I'm so greatful I get to support this foundation everyday.I have learned alot of new things I didn't know anything about DV or SA and Child abuse. But now I do...

I'm so greatful I get to support this foundation everyday.I have learned alot of new things I didn't know anything about DV or SA and Child abuse. But now I do know alot about them. I'm so happy to support this organization.it has touched my heart so very deeply. I'm so moved by the awesome worked this foundation has to helped survivors.

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Victim, Survivor, Empowerer

The title I chose for this entry will probably explain my life better than I ever could. I was sexually assaulted during my first year as a social work student at a...

The title I chose for this entry will probably explain my life better than I ever could. I was sexually assaulted during my first year as a social work student at a university. Looking back now, I would not change any of the choices I made in the year leading up to my assault. Although I struggled tremendously to regain a sense of self and safety after the incident; I would not be the woman I am today without those terribly difficult times. Not only did my experience impact my decision to pursue a career in counseling survivors of sexual abuse and assault but it also allowed me to realize that I could truly overcome anything. I would like to thank the Joyful Heart Foundation for spreading light and love in the face of such darkness. I would also like to reach out to those who may be struggling with their own experiences and say that YOU can do this. Reach out to someone, talk to a counselor and take care of YOU. You too can go from a victim, to a survivor, to an empowerer.

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Freedom

I've never shared my story publicly before but it think it's time. I was stalked, molested and raped by my best friends brother when I was fourteen years old...

I've never shared my story publicly before but it think it's time. I was stalked, molested and raped by my best friends brother when I was fourteen years old. I was so terrified of him I never told anyone what he did to me. I was raped again at gun point when I was seventeen, when I told the police they didn't take it seriously and told my father it was my fault. It took years for me to recover from the pain and trauma I went through as a result of those experiences. I had nightmares, was afraid to sleep in the dark and became compulsive about keeping doors locked. After years of counseling I realize that being rape and abused wasn't my fault. Now at 59 years old I'm finally able to sleep with just a nightlight on, I don't have nightmares anymore and my life is better than it's ever been. I wish joyful heart foundation had been around when those things happen to me it would helped a lot to know someone cared. Thank you for all the work you're doing to help the victims of rape.. Bless you.

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Courage

The No More PSA's led me to check out the No More Website, which led me to check out the Joyful Heart Foundation. In reading about both the foundation and the No...

The No More PSA's led me to check out the No More Website, which led me to check out the Joyful Heart Foundation. In reading about both the foundation and the No More movement, I kept reading over and over again how we as a society needed to start talking about these issues. I never talked about what happened to me 16 years ago. At least not any further than "something happened. I'm over it." I realized it was time to start talking. Yesterday, I had my first therapy appointment. She was very straight with me, which I appreciate. This is not going to be easy and it's not going to be a short process, but it will be worth it. I'm finally ready to let the secret go and I have faith that in doing so, I will be able to be the joyful person my children deserve their mom to be.

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Thankful

In 2014 after seeing all these brave persons through the No More program, I collected my thoughts and emotions and I was finally able to open up to both of my siblings...

In 2014 after seeing all these brave persons through the No More program, I collected my thoughts and emotions and I was finally able to open up to both of my siblings that I was sexually molested by a "dear uncle" during my childhood from the age of 4 yrs old to my early teens. Being able to share my fears and thoughts was a huge relief. Every day is an improvement and slowly I have made progress into breaking the silence and stop blaming my self.#NoMore#thankful#noexcuses#nomorefear

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