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. 

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Last day of Chemotherapy

My twenty five year old son has been going through chemotherapy treatments for almost a year. He has had a very difficult road. For 4months and 20 day he was in traction...

My twenty five year old son has been going through chemotherapy treatments for almost a year. He has had a very difficult road. For 4months and 20 day he was in traction. And going through treatment. He lost his job and he was in the Air Force. He has Ewing's sarcoma in his left femur. I bought Mark's book. I am not looking for anything I just want mark to know he was an inspiration for me and my husband. Nick is his name. His last treatment was last week. We are grateful and scared for the future.

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Finding Hope

I was sexually abused starting at the age of 3, however I also experienced physical/verbal/emotional abuse throughout my life. I had developed C-PTSD by the age of 4 and...

I was sexually abused starting at the age of 3, however I also experienced physical/verbal/emotional abuse throughout my life. I had developed C-PTSD by the age of 4 and chronic depression by the age of 10. I spent years trying to take my life and finally resigned myself to living alone in the darkness that is surviving. In fall 2013 my best friend finally sat me down and helped me contact a therapist. 18 months later I have found hope and while that first therapist has now moved, I will never forget her. My current therapist is just as amazing and has helped me grow even more. I have now started a support group in my area for others who have survived. I know now it wasn't my fault. There is hope, there is light, and there is joy in this world. I have felt joy for the first time in my life. I have hope that I can thrive now and maybe one day have a family. My story is just beginning.

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Justice Has Arrived

I have accepted my lack of receiving justice for my rape kit was lost in storage... But, I have witnessed thousands of survivors receive the precious chance of justice...

I have accepted my lack of receiving justice for my rape kit was lost in storage... But, I have witnessed thousands of survivors receive the precious chance of justice with the Tennessee General Assembly's approval to fund testing of backlogged rape kits.

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As a survivor of child and sexual abuse, I used my own healing as a platform to work on justice issues and women's rights. This evolved into helping women weavers in Guatemala -all survivors of war and violence - earn a living. There products are for sale at www.corazonscarves.com.

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Sentenced

Today I watched my abuser be sentenced for her crimes. I thought that I would be frightened being in the same room with her, that I would feel powerless again, but as I...

Today I watched my abuser be sentenced for her crimes. I thought that I would be frightened being in the same room with her, that I would feel powerless again, but as I watched her walk into the courtroom in an orange jumpsuit and shackles, I was not afraid. I felt relief, because, in that moment, I realized that I am free. I am free from what she has done to me whereas she will have to deal with the legal fallout of her actions for the rest of her life. I am a stronger person for having overcome it, and I will remain strong.

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Let"s Keep Going!

There have been many moments of awareness & education in our violence prevention movement this past year, nationally and internationally. We continue to struggle...

There have been many moments of awareness & education in our violence prevention movement this past year, nationally and internationally. We continue to struggle against the silence and injustice surrounding sexual and domestic violence as we attempt to discover,uncover,heal and prevent these traumas and crimes. But we are making progress. We now know the extent of this illness. It exists within families, the military, on campuses, within prisons, within sports, etc. It is pervasive and endemic. The more people become engaged, the more organizations collaborate, the more progress will be made. At the dawn of a new year----let's keep going. Together we can heal and prevent!

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Light after almost ten years in darkness

How one person can change it all, but this time for the good! There's been a change in me, cause I'm not alone anymore, I don't feel alone anymore. Almost...

How one person can change it all, but this time for the good! There's been a change in me, cause I'm not alone anymore, I don't feel alone anymore. Almost ten years I kept my mouth shut about what happened to me. Shame, pain, anger... Than this year I was rehearsing for a musical in my city. One day my choreographer came up to me, she hugged me and said: I'm here, you're not alone. For the first time, I talked about it, knowing she understood. And although it was very hard to finally speak out, I'm happy that I did. Admitting it happened, helps me recover. I always said to myself that I was strong enough to do it alone, but I wasn't. And, we don't have to be strong enough to do it alone! I let people in, gave them a chance to be there for me. We're not alone in this! After all the darkness, all these years, trying to do good for everyone, except myself, now I learn how to chase back to the light, because I deserve to be happy!! :)

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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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Coming Into MySelf

I’m so grateful today that I can now fully remember previously excruciating childhood scenes with little to no emotional charge accompanying the memory. That doesn’t...

I’m so grateful today that I can now fully remember previously excruciating childhood scenes with little to no emotional charge accompanying the memory. That doesn’t mean it’s all gone or that there’s nothing left to process. The further I get into my recovery the more I realize not to over-process and over-analyze anything, and that I don’t keep my nose down to the ground either. I am learning to be myself. I don’t know if the old age television blank screen noise disconnection, will still lurk on the edges of my consciousness, but I do know that I am aware it exists, where before it was all I heard. The way I make sense of coming into myself is that I am in a relationship everyday as 50 first dates. Every day fresh and new, with wide eyes and expecting nothing accepting everything in peace. Relationships are not static entities. They are actually living entities. Like any other living organism, every relationship needs continual care to survive and thrive. Coming into myself is a lifelong journey. For me, it is intimate, spiritual in nature, and it requires deep reverence for my own and others wounds. I have come to appreciate that no matter what the external circumstances were, no one gets out of childhood scot free, but if you get out alive, you’ve got a chance to turn things around.

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no justice, but I've moved forward

When i was four years old I was sexually abused by the babysitter son, she was supposed to keep us safe protect us but i guess that was asking too much, my brother at...

When i was four years old I was sexually abused by the babysitter son, she was supposed to keep us safe protect us but i guess that was asking too much, my brother at the age of6 knew what that boy was doing to us was wrong he told my mother and she immediately took action, she talked to the judge and was informed the boy was too young to prosecute, he was 13 yes he was 12 years old we never got justice, but because of JHF we have a voice and together we can raise awareness thank you JHF victims all you do.

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I finally told

I was sexually assaulted on June 14th 2014. I was so ashamed and afraid to tell anyone but finally in October of 2014 I told my mother. She was so supportive. She also...

I was sexually assaulted on June 14th 2014. I was so ashamed and afraid to tell anyone but finally in October of 2014 I told my mother. She was so supportive. She also made sure to get me te counseling I needed. I'm no longer a victim. I am a survivor. I was able to begin my healing and I'm proud to say today I am much better. That evil man didn't win.

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inspired to help

I love Law and Order SVU and as a person in a legal field (not court)and just a caring person it is heart breaking to see a child or adult come forward and sometimes...

I love Law and Order SVU and as a person in a legal field (not court)and just a caring person it is heart breaking to see a child or adult come forward and sometimes there is just not enough evidence. This show has inspired me in my life to become a volunteer for CASA - a child court advocate in my city-Providence, RI - I hope to make a difference in each child's life that I encounter. They will have been in a domestic family mostly likely abused situation. I really hope to help and listen. Thank you for not only being a character on a show but taking it further and helping victims everywhere. Abuse is a real problem and is not taken seriously. Victims need support and the knowledge it is not their fault.

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Little by little

This year I witnessed a victim of domestic violence safely leave the relationship she was in and find solace in a new home with a new job. No one should ever have to...

This year I witnessed a victim of domestic violence safely leave the relationship she was in and find solace in a new home with a new job. No one should ever have to live in fear. Love shouldn't hurt. I'm so thankful that she's safe and happy now. I couldn't ask for a better ending.

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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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