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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Friendship is (Forever) Magic

I took the time to remember a friend that I lost a friendship with and made an apology for not being a more committed friend and seeing past a disagreement that led to...

I took the time to remember a friend that I lost a friendship with and made an apology for not being a more committed friend and seeing past a disagreement that led to the discontinuation of our friendship. I very clearly let them know that they didn't do anything wrong and that I was sorry and regretful for not fighting harder to secure our friendship. The friend accepted the apology and said it meant a lot which eases any previous existing burden of grief, and for myself I can be free from failing to do the right thing that should have been done earlier. This allows two people to heal and start the new year with a fresh positive step forward!

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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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HELPFUL HEALING

As a young girl I was sexually abused, and when I told people they never believed me and I felt like no one cared enough to help me. I decided that I wanted to help...

As a young girl I was sexually abused, and when I told people they never believed me and I felt like no one cared enough to help me. I decided that I wanted to help children so they would have to never feel like they didn't matter. Today I work in a crisis unit that deals with sexual abused children. In helping these children I have helped my own self. I can look back on my childhood and I can say what started out as evil has made me stronger and I am able to help others.

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No More Loneliness

My moment of healing, of awakening, of actually acknowledging what happened to me as a child and then again in college began when I realized that not only was I not so...

My moment of healing, of awakening, of actually acknowledging what happened to me as a child and then again in college began when I realized that not only was I not so alone in everything I was feeling stemming from my sexual abuse, but that there was an entire community of support out there because there were lots of people who were hurting just like me. Although the numbers are unfortunate, there was healing in knowing that I was not alone when I became acquainted with people I connected with through JHF and through just being fans of the show. Sometimes I still have bad days or find myself triggered by things but I'm energized, strengthened and inspired when I see people like Maile Zambuto, Peter Hermann, AnnaLynne McCord, and Stephanie Chard continue to speak out and banish silence into the darkness and create their own light. Makes me want to do the same.

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Sharing the Joy with a friend

This year I've been able to share healing joy with a dear friend. And be able to support the JHF.

This year I've been able to share healing joy with a dear friend. And be able to support the JHF.

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My Journey of Recovery

In 2000, I met a man who seemed nice and we began dating. In 2003, we were married. Everything changed when we moved into our first home. He became very jealous and...

In 2000, I met a man who seemed nice and we began dating. In 2003, we were married. Everything changed when we moved into our first home. He became very jealous and possessive. He also started to psychologically and verbally abuse me. The abuse continued until 2007 when I finally left the relationship because I was afraid that the abuse would become physical. After I left the relationship I filed for divorce. I also enrolled in a community college and received a diploma in Medical Coding in 2009. My faith in God and the support of my family have kept my strong in my healing journey. I am also trying to start a ministry at church to help others who have been in abusive relationships.

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I can FLY!

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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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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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Justice is coming

Arizona is finally changing their ways. Its long over due. Holding test kits because a victim was not able to get her abuser to admit what he did on a recorded phone...

Arizona is finally changing their ways. Its long over due. Holding test kits because a victim was not able to get her abuser to admit what he did on a recorded phone line is UNACCEPTABLE. It is no surprise that so many victims do not come forward after being assaulted. Its another assault to ask someone to "pretend to have liked" what happened just to get a verbal confirmation from an assailant. http://azcops.org/arizona-law-enforcement-revising-stance-on-rape-kits/ Hopefully the 4000+ test kits to be "reopened" bring justice to the victims in Arizona.

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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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Thank you so much!

This year has been an amazing year for me because of Mariska, JHF, & No More! Thank you so much! Y'all have brought so much healing to me! I have Asperger'...

This year has been an amazing year for me because of Mariska, JHF, & No More! Thank you so much! Y'all have brought so much healing to me! I have Asperger's Syndrome! I was bullied some as a child! That wasn't great! I was ok though! However as I got to be an adult, Life kinda slammed me good! What made things worse though was that I was mistreated verbally & emotionally by other adults & told ugly hurtful things that I wasn't expecting! It's because I am different from other people due to my Aspergers & I didn't realize it until about 2010! I felt like a broken person & lost almost all my confidence! I became self conscious & insecure! This year SVU led me to find out more about Mariska! I listened to the things she had to say. It helped me value myself more and feel more confident about myself little by little! I also found out about NO More! No More has helped me because I can say No More to being mistreated by others! I don't have to accept the verbal and emotional mistreatment!

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Healing My Heart

I am still on my journey of healing my heart, and my mind, after being sexually, physically, and psychologically abused from age 3 to 18. I was never believed when I...

I am still on my journey of healing my heart, and my mind, after being sexually, physically, and psychologically abused from age 3 to 18. I was never believed when I tried to tell as a child, so I stopped trying to tell; especially after being told by a church leader that "(I) wouldn't be getting hurt if (I) was just more obedient". Now, as an adult, I work with my therapist; and with the support of God, I am finally healing. As I heal, I pray for ways I can help to stop the abuse of children. No child deserves to be abused! I am thankful that I recently found The Joyful Heart Foundation, and for the work you do to end sexual assault and child abuse. Thank you!

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