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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Educating

I work as an elementary school teacher and sadly I'm confronted with sexual abuse and especially domestic violence against children on a regular basis. Thank you...

I work as an elementary school teacher and sadly I'm confronted with sexual abuse and especially domestic violence against children on a regular basis. Thank you all at JFH for your educational work, for being an inspiration and for your unending compassion towards survivors. Here's to hoping that you might consider going international in 2015 so light could be brought back into even more people's lives.

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A year of change

2015 is going to be MY year. A year of change and empowerment. I'm going to heal my heart through therapy and support of my family and friends. And I'm saying...

2015 is going to be MY year. A year of change and empowerment. I'm going to heal my heart through therapy and support of my family and friends. And I'm saying no more to the domestic violence I've experienced. I'm going to protect my children and help them to learn that physical and mental abuse is wrong so they don't continue the cycle. I don't want my son to be an abuser or my daughter to be a victim. Things need to change. And they can start with me. Happy NEW Year!!!

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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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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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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 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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Education, Awareness and Understanding about Domestic Violence and Abuse.

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(In the process of healing) I didn't ask for it, and I felt alone. Life for me was not easy because all I knew was fear,I thought it was normal. Until Mariska & JHF showed me it wasn't and on my own I am trying to find the light and joy of life. We all deserve to feel in control of our own lives.

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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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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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