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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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Changing the conversation

These issues are hard to talk about. I am so inspired by the incredible people who have stepped forward to share so openly. Join the conversation. #NOMORE

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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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I did an ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS, but also in honour of the Joyful Heart Foundation and End The Backlog. So important to me to spread the word in the UK about the amazing changes you are creating. From the bottom of my now joyful heart, thank you.

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I want to thank JHF it is with all their efforts and Mariska's that I am no longer a victim of abuse, I am now a survivor who is on her way to becoming a thriving survivor! Thank you for helping me make the first step, thank you for believing in me and fighting for me!

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im a survivor

hi my name is tia i live in Arizona and im adoppted by my beautiful family at age 4 when i was in the orphanage i was wape by a guy and girl and whould do horrible...

hi my name is tia i live in Arizona and im adoppted by my beautiful family at age 4 when i was in the orphanage i was wape by a guy and girl and whould do horrible things to me and at first i whouldt tell anybody about it because i flet ashame of what they did to me and when i was adopppted my parents where noitce some odd things about me i whould kick theam bite theam and whould not let theam touch me and act out in school then they took me to a doctor and that is when they dicovered that i had bipolar and attachment disoder and other things and they took me to a theapepist and that is whene they found out that i was sexrely abuse and i keep thinking it was my fault i had to talk about it a lot and sence i got older i relise that i didt do wrong they did i finley flet free to finley relize that it was not my fault it was there,s flet free to be out of that place and now have a great loveing parents and brother so that is why i support no more and to show victims that they are survivers

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stop silence, stop suffering

My name is Manon. I've 18 years old and i'm french. And here, you have my story: I was sexually abused when I was 12 years old. I kept silent three years,...

My name is Manon. I've 18 years old and i'm french. And here, you have my story: I was sexually abused when I was 12 years old. I kept silent three years, but during those three years, I became depressed, suicidal , anorexic. I was dirty, shameful , ugly. This guy was my brother's bestfriend . And my friend too. I saw him often , he had the opportunity to hurt me , and he put me lower than the earth . I was just a child. And one day, after having lost 13 kg, during the medical visit at my college it's the nurse who became aware of my anorexia. Everything went very quickly. she made me talk . I was delivered , finally. Police, judge , everything. it was considered , but not guilty. police considered "an teenage experience" , because at the time it was no older to 16 years. When he rape me I said " no", "stop ", " you can't ", he doesn't stopped . It was not considered rape as such. And the police considered it not an sexual assault. Drug, addiction, no friends, no love, destroyed at only 15 years. I have not been a teenager, I grew up too fast. more quickly than others. others do not interessaint me. I was alone, harassed by others and by my past. Besides that , my brother went to live with my mother because my father hit him violently. He left the house. And my father hit me at me . He hit me once . Then two. Three ... five ... ten times. growing stronger each time . He said it was my fault that he hit me . child beaten and raped, it's me. I moved with my mother 5 years after my brother , I suffered because of my father for 5 years after my brother left home . more rape. more the rejection another. more my scarification . live in silence , yet. When it will finally stop? And then there was this sudden change in my life. I met some wonderful people who give love to my life , who guiding me has a very good psychologist, who made ​​me regain confidence in me, who showed me that I had a values ​​and I was not "nothing" or " a shit " or "good for nothing " or " dirty girl ." I started to change , I have my confidence back . I found a second family , this family? Scouts of France . they me saved . They know that my history is realy difficult. But they have always supported me. Today, i myself am. I live again. I have my history, and i live with. My life is much joyfull. I've changed, I would definitely never again the same, but I grew up , I am a good person and I do good around me. An part of my life is also engraved in my skin. I made ​​ tattoo the phrase " our best " in french, because I always wanted to get me by , I have doing my best to get me by , and they have helped me to get myself out , so together we do "our best " . I'm these children affected by the violence of a father and victim of the sexual crime of a teen judged not guilty, but i'm alive. No more.

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Thriving

It took a long time to get past the things that happened to me years ago. Being sexually abused by a family member when I was 8-9 and then being raped when I was 22...

It took a long time to get past the things that happened to me years ago. Being sexually abused by a family member when I was 8-9 and then being raped when I was 22 really messes with your ability to not be afraid. But I realized with support, law&order SVU, Mariska, JHF and other survivors that what happened to me was NOT my fault. I decided to not be afraid of something happening to me again and focus on rebuilding my self. I can tell my story now to help other survivors heal. And once you start healing you will thrive. It's a whole new world when you become fearless. So I am thankful for the people in the world that have helped and are helping me thrive!

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I'm constantly inspired by all the members of our community, especially on social media, who turn towards these issues with such passion, creativity, positivity and determination. Every day I get to witness the way our community responds to them and to each other like this is a moment of joy.

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Healing in the hands of the lord

Healing In the hands of lord takes time but it has given me hope that that is a possibility. I have suffered all kinds of abuse. This is my time to heal.

Healing In the hands of lord takes time but it has given me hope that that is a possibility. I have suffered all kinds of abuse. This is my time to heal.

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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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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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Breaking Free

Thank you to all the moments posted. Most of all thank you to one special friend who I find dear and close to my heart who has been a great listener. He has been such an...

Thank you to all the moments posted. Most of all thank you to one special friend who I find dear and close to my heart who has been a great listener. He has been such an outstanding gentleman to express helpful input to help me come out of a dark place. My emotions and actions still have not found a place on this earth at this time and I am still closed to express them to anyone. Life is a challenge and there are moments when you just walk away. I am much stronger now and grow everyday. Somedays there are words or statements that trigger certain things but you have to learn to move forward which is very difficult. Thank you to joyful heart for everything. Most of all thank you to my special friend who has been their through the rough times that I have been really moody. You have been very caring and understanding. Wish the best to all. I am not ready to share my story with all at this time but when the time is right I know you all will be there for me.

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Me

I learned to like myself once more. That I am still me. I let the assailant have such power over me by being afraid of the dark. I found myself and knew that I, me, was...

I learned to like myself once more. That I am still me. I let the assailant have such power over me by being afraid of the dark. I found myself and knew that I, me, was the same person I'd always been. so for me there's no more being afraid of the Dark for awhile. It never gets easier; only better at accepting who you are. That YOU are STILL YOU- that's Victory enough. As Bette Davis said "We have won a victory. A victory over the Dark.

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Pure Joy

In August, I married the most kind, and patient man I know.

In August, I married the most kind, and patient man I know.

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Being Set Free

Born into the foster system, but had a relationship with my biological mother until I was ten. Sexually abused by from when I was four until I was twelve. Physically...

Born into the foster system, but had a relationship with my biological mother until I was ten. Sexually abused by from when I was four until I was twelve. Physically abused from 2009 until 2011, sexually abused two days after my sixtenth birthday. I'm now twenty years old living with epilepsy,wanting to make a difference in this world. My first moment of healing happened in a vision I had of me being set free from the abuse, feeling ashamed of everything. From nobody believing me, being yelled at when I confessed to someone I thought would help. I gave up telling anyone anything ever again, and accepted it was my fault. My moment of healing began when I had this amazing dream, and I saw butterflies. Butterflies to me symbolize life going from being unseen and un thought of to being such beautiful and inspiring creatures. I remember Mariska Hargitay saying "even if noone else stand by you, know I'm fighting for you". It was long ago. It's 2015, and I'm healing more each day and am happy

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