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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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Walking With Othera

One of the things for which I'm most grateful is being able to walk with other survivors because when I began my own healing journey I didn't have the...

One of the things for which I'm most grateful is being able to walk with other survivors because when I began my own healing journey I didn't have the resources that are available today. My most joyful moments have come from being there for others, even if all I can offer is that I keep someone from feeling so uniquely affected that no one could possibly understand what they feel and think. I am what I call a "Riser" because, even though I've faced the challenges of incest, torture, brainwashing, priest abuse, date rape, a series of abusive relationships, mental health issues, disability and homelessness, I continue to get back up. There aren't many people with whom I can't find some commonalities, and I share myself openly in order to find others and offer them my support. I recently had to deal with my best friend and roommate, a survivor who read my profile and reached out online, passing over to Spirit. I don't regret any of the loss I feel because I know how much it meant to both of us to journey together in the time that we had. It's so worth it because I got to see her transform in the years before she suddenly lost her life. Love really is what it's all about for me. <3

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Recovering my lost soul

I can only begin this writing by being grateful that I lived. At two years old, parents left their four children for three weeks at home in Hawaii while they journeyed...

I can only begin this writing by being grateful that I lived. At two years old, parents left their four children for three weeks at home in Hawaii while they journeyed to California. Though I blocked the memory for many years, the physical issues that plagued me spoke of a violent molest at the hands of my uncle. The story of the "accident" I had on my tricycle came down through the family for years. He had covered his crime through a further injury. Metal poisoning and scar tissue told the tale years later. By that time, I was physically dying. In realizing what had happened, I had to fight my way back; I had to regain my soul. For years after remembering, I thought he had taken everything. I then realized that my true purity had never been compromised, my soul was intact. He could not take from me what I was unless I continued to believe that I was damaged forever. I had to choose what I would believe, over and over again. I chose; I choose every day. In gratitude, Kalani

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Healing

A few weeks ago, from No More's facebook page, I read a testimonial. Couldn't have been longer than 300 words, but they spoke straight to my soul. They laid...

A few weeks ago, from No More's facebook page, I read a testimonial. Couldn't have been longer than 300 words, but they spoke straight to my soul. They laid out perfectly something I have been feeling and experiencing for almost 10 years - something that I have never been able to put words to, or understand. I can't tell you how freeing it was to read those words, to finally understand. It all makes sense now, I feel like I can finally move forward in my journey towards true healing. Thank you, thank you for all the support and encouragement you give to all of us.

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Let's make 2015 a year of success!

Let's make 2015 the year that we see an end to sexual and domestic violence. It is time. Now is the time and this is the place.

Let's make 2015 the year that we see an end to sexual and domestic violence. It is time. Now is the time and this is the place.

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Thankful To Find Folks Who Care

I am so thankful to find organizations who attempt to do effective work. Violence and oppression against women is so rampant and overwhelming, yet I have hope and...

I am so thankful to find organizations who attempt to do effective work. Violence and oppression against women is so rampant and overwhelming, yet I have hope and encouragement as I seek healing and justice for myself and others. I want to establish positive and beautiful memories that will overcome the nightmares of the past. I am truly grateful.

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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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JOY IN HEALING

I was married to a man when things were good life was to but when there was a problem he became very controlling and abusive both verbally and physically to me and our...

I was married to a man when things were good life was to but when there was a problem he became very controlling and abusive both verbally and physically to me and our oldest son when I got out I put all the hurt away to raise my kids but they are all grown grandkids are grown so had time to remember things that happened was very depressed didn't enjoy much then God should me JHF started reading and watching everything about Mariska and what she was doing work up yesterday happy and wanted to help support JHF work thank you for giving me a reason to keep going.God BLESS MARISKA her family and ALL THE PEOPLE OF JHF.

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Bound by 20 years of silence

My moment, is of more than just healing, joy and gratitude, for it is a moment of all 3! I want to thank JHF and Mariska and all involved for all that they have done. My...

My moment, is of more than just healing, joy and gratitude, for it is a moment of all 3! I want to thank JHF and Mariska and all involved for all that they have done. My entire childhood I was abused both physically and sexually, I have been raped 6 times, sodomized 3, and molested, that is not the end of my abuse, I was also verbally and emotionally abused. I told no one, for 20 years I pretended it didn't happen until June 2014 I told my story for the first time. I am no longer a victim to the assault, the abuse or the worst of it all SILENCE! I am going to reclaim my life, it may take a while but if I have lived through the abuse, I will survive the recovery. Thank you all at JHF and Mariska for letting me know that my story, my feelings and myself matter. My life has been forever CHANGED! "Survivors who have been through horrific , unfair experiences, they have this will, when they get support, a chance, they can not only survive but they can THRIVE"- Olivia Benson

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My Darkness

My story starts as a victim of child abuse that started when I was 7 by a trusted adult. It lasted til I was 11. I never had the courage to tell anyone. I have always...

My story starts as a victim of child abuse that started when I was 7 by a trusted adult. It lasted til I was 11. I never had the courage to tell anyone. I have always had trust issues growing thru my teens. Then as I got into high school things got worse. When I was 17 I was raped by my step brother. Fear, Trust, Stability issues have been deep in my thoughts. Not having the support I needed to report or even speak about it. At the age of 28 I found the most supportive man loves me in spirt of my fears. 1st time if acceptance. I had a great job, gr8 guy. I went with a few friends to a company party. Having a good time I was talking to a few ppl. Come to realize that I was given a spiked drink. Next thing I knew I was raped again. This was someone again I trusted. Kept telling myself that this wasn't real. It couldn't have happened again. I discovered The JHF . Mariska Hargitay & Maile Zambuto are my reason for living. Bucket List Wish 2 meet both ladies & say THANK YOU & I ❤️ Y'all .

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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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Running to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

In 2014 I vowed to do whatever I could to raise money and awareness for the Joyful Heart Foundation and NOMORE movement. I ran my first marathon ever in November and I...

In 2014 I vowed to do whatever I could to raise money and awareness for the Joyful Heart Foundation and NOMORE movement. I ran my first marathon ever in November and I ran it in their names. I raised a little over $500 for that race and have people pledging up to $1000 for upcoming races. I have my next marathon for the Joyful Heart in less than 2 months! I was also able to start up the #NOMOREchallenge with two other girls as well as starting up the #weAREaNOMOREnation tour! The first city on the tour was a huge success and I already have plans for the next 2, maybe even 4 cities across the country!!! 2014 was great but I have a feeling 2015 will be so much better!!!

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I wrote about poem about society's complicity in violence

we can stop violence and abuse, but we have to do it together

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