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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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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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Living day by day

When I was 14 my best friend of the time had an older brother, I didn't know better all I could think about was the fact an older guy liked me. He was 21 and I was...

When I was 14 my best friend of the time had an older brother, I didn't know better all I could think about was the fact an older guy liked me. He was 21 and I was 14. It happened a few times and then it stopped. It took me a year to finally realize it was wrong what had happened. Took me a year and half to tell my mom. I told friends they didn't believe me. I finally went to law enforcement. Told them my story, had a few different meetings and then everything stopped. I didn't hear back from anybody and I have up thinking I was given up on. My entire high school career I wasn't the person I wanted to be. I partied, I slept around and did drugs. But I soon learned it was who I was. When I graduated I went off to college broke up with my boyfriend who I'd been with my entire senior year. My first weekend coming home from college I receive a letter from the county law enforcement. It was a detective who wanted to open my case back up. I called and I spoke with the detective and decided this is what I wanted to do and I opened it up and said I wanted to do whatever it takes to feel justice. Now almost 5 1/2 years I'm finally meeting with the Proscuting Attorney and a warrant will be going out for his arrest it took five years for this to happen. I am terrified for the day that he gets arrested and when everybody finds out. But I am ready to feel closure to feel the justice that I deserve and to see what he deserves for doing what you did to me. I will not give up I will not let anybody tell me what I'm doing is wrong because what I am doing is right and what I am doing will allow me to let me live the life I want to live without fear or anger or feeling like what happened was something I did by a mistake because I was young. I know what was wrong and I know what is right now. Being 20 year olds and having this happen when I was 14 was the most detrimental thing to happen, but what happened to me has also taught me strength and hope and has made me the strong women I am today.

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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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Inspired

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

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From Victim to Victor!

I had been sexually abused for so long as a child, that the rape at 19 became just another example of how damaged I was. But after living and thinking like a victim for...

I had been sexually abused for so long as a child, that the rape at 19 became just another example of how damaged I was. But after living and thinking like a victim for 30 years, I took my power back and became an advocate for others who had been victimized. I volunteered for domestic violence and rape crisis programs, I ran a child advocacy center and I served as Director of Victims Issues for the NC Attorney General's Office--all while earning a master's degree in human violence. But after 20 years in the field, I grew tired of dealing with crime AFTER it happened. So I invented the Tiger Eye Security Sensor, a voice-activated wearable personal security device designed to deter crime and save lives. I refuse to accept that the statistics on violence can't be changed, and I'm pouring all my energy into helping solve the problem. Today I am emotionally healthy and filled with joy every single day!

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my heart

This year has been so much fun for me because it's has helped me to have a fearless heart.I'm very proud to have such a good foundation that I can looked up...

This year has been so much fun for me because it's has helped me to have a fearless heart.I'm very proud to have such a good foundation that I can looked up everyday. I'm also happy for the awesome worked this foundation has done! I proud to have this foundation as a part of my awesome joruney.

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Survivor

I was a runner until my rapist dislocated my hip and the drs said I wouldn't run again. It has been almost 10 years and I can run 5 miles now!!! He doesn't get...

I was a runner until my rapist dislocated my hip and the drs said I wouldn't run again. It has been almost 10 years and I can run 5 miles now!!! He doesn't get to win! I am a survivor!

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Learning to Love Myself and to Heal

I was sexually,physically, and emotionally abused from age 2 to 28, by people I heavily relied on to love and care for me. I was born with psychosis, which my traumatic...

I was sexually,physically, and emotionally abused from age 2 to 28, by people I heavily relied on to love and care for me. I was born with psychosis, which my traumatic experiences worsened. In adult life, while I worked, they kept stealing from me and continued hurting me. As a teen, I became a Christian, and felt obligated to extend unconditional "forgiveness" at the expense of my own hurt feelings. When I did this, one of my caretakers became even more abusive than before. This went on for many years. I have been married for 20 years now, and my children are teenagers. I have never abused them and have been kind to them. The abuse in my family tree--ends with Me, after 4 generations of abuse. I am in trauma therapy and seeing a psychiatrist. My story WILL be known. Keeping hurts a secret can serve to keep a person a victim and keep others from benefiting from sharing their experiences. I am now in my 50's. It's been a long journey of dissassociated memories coming back to mind.

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"Joyful Healing" by Suzanne Sunshine (Acrylic Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 60" X 40", 2014)

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Education, Awareness and Understanding about Domestic Violence and Abuse.

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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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Learning to live again after 22 years of abuse

This past year has been my personal best EVER. I finally stood up for my son, and myself - against my abuser. As I was having a near-panic attack in the courthouse... we...

This past year has been my personal best EVER. I finally stood up for my son, and myself - against my abuser. As I was having a near-panic attack in the courthouse... we were alone near a court elevator and he opened his mouth... the cunning commentary that came from his lips.. didn't kill me.. but empowered me! I actually FELT the SHIFT of POWER leave him and RETURN to ME!!!! Since that day, I have stepped boldly, strongly, courageously, and learned to truly lead a life of which I am so proud, and so independent, and ever so grateful that I got a second chance to live a happy life outside the confines of abuse. I am honored that I have stood up and now speak out, as living testimony that you, too can not only survive on your own, but BE that example to your child why you shouldn't stay in an abusive marriage! I got me back, and love myself again!!

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Recovery

I haven't had a hospital stay in over a year and that is a big deal to me. I continue to focus on being healthy and happy. I am grateful to have a treatment team...

I haven't had a hospital stay in over a year and that is a big deal to me. I continue to focus on being healthy and happy. I am grateful to have a treatment team that I can trust, I still have my difficult times. I have fears and doubt. I have met amazing and courageous people on my journey who have helped teach me to never give up. No More.

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"Good Progression"

The moment that stands out in my mind is the moment I felt I "mattered". My best friend & I not only had the opportunity to meet the woman we call our...

The moment that stands out in my mind is the moment I felt I "mattered". My best friend & I not only had the opportunity to meet the woman we call our hero, Mariska Hargitay, but to also share our own personal stories and idea for the "No More" campaign with her. She LISTENED to us. She HEARD us. She told us we MATTER. That moment is what I'm most thankful for. After years of being silenced by fear and shame, we can finally break that silence with the help of the Joyful Heart Foundation and all its supporters and advocates. From the bottom of my (joyful) heart- I thank you!

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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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