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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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I've finally accepted it

I was in a relationship, for a little over a year, with someone that sexually assaulted me and mentally abused me. I continued to stay in the relationship, not wanting...

I was in a relationship, for a little over a year, with someone that sexually assaulted me and mentally abused me. I continued to stay in the relationship, not wanting to accept the truth. Finally, after ignoring me for two weeks and refusing to admit his wrong doings, I broke it off wit him. It has been about a year and a half since I broke it off and I am just now coming to terms with it all. I still have flashbacks of everything that happened, but since I started dating my soul mate, Trevor, I am doing better. He treats me like a literal queen and I know now what I deserve as a human being; someone who will love me and not ignore me.

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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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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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This is my moment of change. Thanks JHF for helping me change into a bold and fearless survivor.

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This does not define YOU

In 2005, I became a drug addict. I was 15, and people are easy to take advantage of you. At 16, my 'best friend' brought me the drugs I needed, as 'a...

In 2005, I became a drug addict. I was 15, and people are easy to take advantage of you. At 16, my 'best friend' brought me the drugs I needed, as 'a gift'. When he asked me to pay him, after we finished it all, I told him I didn't have money, and I thought this was a gift. He then took it upon himself, to rape me, as compensation for the drugs provided. He left me on a park bench, near a lake, in the cold. I told ONE person at that time, she then told my 'friend' what I said happened, and he got 3 girls to beat me up, and threatened to kill me if I said another word. I never saw him again. I stayed an addict. I almost died in a car accident a year after my rape. I broke my body, did permanent damage physically, emotionally and mentally. 3 years after that, I almost overdosed, and put a gun to my mouth. I don't blame 'my friend'. I am not angry at him. I'm sober now for nearly 5 years. It's been a struggle and it's been a beautiful, painful struggle. I wouldn't change this at all. Now, my rapist is in jail, for god knows what, and that's satisfaction enough. HE did not define me. MY RAPE did not define me. THE DRUGS did not define me. The strength to move forward, and see life for the beauty it is, that defines me. Be strong. Don't let the struggles define you.

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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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NO MORE shame

Today, February 18th, marks the two year anniversary of when I found the courage to leave my ex-husband. This day also marks the anniversary of when I could no longer...

Today, February 18th, marks the two year anniversary of when I found the courage to leave my ex-husband. This day also marks the anniversary of when I could no longer lie to myself anymore, and had to reach out for help. The past two years haven't been easy but I've made it quite a ways on my path through recovery. I am just starting to find the courage to share my story of domestic violence and hopefully making an impact. I am a professional, and even so, I wore long sleeves in the summer while pregnant to cover the bruises on my body and told NO ONE about the abuse until the day I left. At the time I felt so ashamed and thought I was the problem, that if I could just be or do better that I wouldn't get hurt. I have learned so much through my experience... about the importance of bystander intervention (I had none), about reaching out to a friend you suspect might be in an abusive relationship (mine only said after they had suspected something), and how badly victims just want to be heard, not told to "get over it" or questioned about why they stayed. Time to stop questioning the victims and put the responsibility where it belongs, ON THE ABUSERS. #NOMORE

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I learned to be fearless in many areas.

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Justice is slow but I'm not giving up

2014 proved to be the best and worst year for me as I pursue justice. I still haven't gotten to tell my story in court, but I am inching forward. My case is...

2014 proved to be the best and worst year for me as I pursue justice. I still haven't gotten to tell my story in court, but I am inching forward. My case is difficult because the rape occurred in 1976. But I will not allow those involved to tire of doing the right thing and pursuing justice. Most of all, I am in court and am seen, if not heard, by the man who raped me, even though he is still protected by juvenile law. He is no longer safe in my silence.

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From survivor to therapist

I was able to start the healing process and am a current therapist who helps people with eating disorder and who also deal with PTSD. I am grateful for this wonderful...

I was able to start the healing process and am a current therapist who helps people with eating disorder and who also deal with PTSD. I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

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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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Extreme Survivor Thriving who found her voice

After being assaulted as a baby (Justice done) & teen (no Justice) and in 2009 by a religious leader at gunpoint i almost died not breathing (no justice) i never...

After being assaulted as a baby (Justice done) & teen (no Justice) and in 2009 by a religious leader at gunpoint i almost died not breathing (no justice) i never found the courage or knew about Rapekits i tryed to reach out no one heard me lots of stigma then i realized this foundation in 2011 saw people standing up i saw a Advocate recently share her story of how she waited so long finally got Justice and the money donated to help the backlog it gave me strength inside and a voice after knowing people really care i been sharing my story and having others come to me educating them and getting them help for healing I long to see my state do what New York has done It all started with Joyful Heart ty for helping me find my dream again to go back to school and helping me find that advocate survivor who was the first one to listen to my storys responsed in the most caring loving voice anyone has ever to me I LOVE YOU YALL KEEP IT UP

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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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The Woman Who Saved My Life

She is my third therapist. They've all helped in some way but Jennifer is different. She gets more than anyone I've ever known how much it doesn't matter...

She is my third therapist. They've all helped in some way but Jennifer is different. She gets more than anyone I've ever known how much it doesn't matter how many years have past since my rapist - my father- died. The trauma is still fresh. He started raping me when I was four and sold me to other men as I got older. I didn't start dealing with it until my thirties. Everyone thinks I should just be over it by now. Not Jennifer. She knows I'm not. She lets me call her in the middle of the night when a flashback wakes me up. She holds me in therapy and lets me cry. She is my angel. My salvation.

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A post from my blog back in September: A glimpse of the role this organization and the No More campaign have played in my healing journey.

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