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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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Why Me

From the age of 9 until i turned 14 years old I was constantly rapped by my older cousin. We are 5 years apart in age. My parents would let him come over and babysit me...

From the age of 9 until i turned 14 years old I was constantly rapped by my older cousin. We are 5 years apart in age. My parents would let him come over and babysit me and my younger bother. I would try to think of every reason for them not to go out. I would act out tell them lies about what him hitting my younger brother. A lot of people will ask " why didnt you just tell?" I didn't tell because I had a friend who was going through the same situation and her mama never believed her. So i kind of felt my mom would act the same. I also didn't want to mess my family up. But one night my mom walked in on him during the act. Yes, he called the police had him put away. My whole reason for this story is just to say, Dont wait get help. If not from parents go tell someone else. It took years before I became myself. I had to think about it as I wont let him mess up my life. I dont dwell on the past anymore. I have to do whats right for me and only me. I have forgave him but I will NEVER FORGET.

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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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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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Finding Hope

I was sexually abused starting at the age of 3, however I also experienced physical/verbal/emotional abuse throughout my life. I had developed C-PTSD by the age of 4 and...

I was sexually abused starting at the age of 3, however I also experienced physical/verbal/emotional abuse throughout my life. I had developed C-PTSD by the age of 4 and chronic depression by the age of 10. I spent years trying to take my life and finally resigned myself to living alone in the darkness that is surviving. In fall 2013 my best friend finally sat me down and helped me contact a therapist. 18 months later I have found hope and while that first therapist has now moved, I will never forget her. My current therapist is just as amazing and has helped me grow even more. I have now started a support group in my area for others who have survived. I know now it wasn't my fault. There is hope, there is light, and there is joy in this world. I have felt joy for the first time in my life. I have hope that I can thrive now and maybe one day have a family. My story is just beginning.

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Thank you so much!

This year has been awesome for me beacuse of Mariska,JHF,and NoMore!You guys have brought so much joy back to my life. I'm different from others.I had low self-...

This year has been awesome for me beacuse of Mariska,JHF,and NoMore!You guys have brought so much joy back to my life. I'm different from others.I had low self-esteem in myself and no confidce in myself to.I was bullied by others it wasn't fun for me at all. U guys are helping me everyday.I was looked at wrong and mistreated bad too.I'm happy I get to shared a lot of my moments with you guys it has help me to haved a fearless heart.keep up the great worked that u do for so many survivors everyday yes I'm a survivor of bullying.I was very slicence before I found this foundation it has helped me not to slicence anymore and helped others to.

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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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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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The Eyes of the Universe

I used to feel that no one had noticed the pain any of us girls were in. Now I know that feeling can be viewed in an entirely different way; For in looking at the...

I used to feel that no one had noticed the pain any of us girls were in. Now I know that feeling can be viewed in an entirely different way; For in looking at the night sky I began to see how erroneous my original perception had been. I finally understood that the universe had always witnessed our struggle and our stay. I remembered the moon would become blue when it saw everyone's plight and each girl's star became dimmer as it felt each of her fears. Sometimes it happened that both the star and the little girl came to lose their light. Upon seeing the death of such, the clouds emptied themselves onto the earth with their tears. In the morning the sun would shine blazing hot with its anger and strife After noticing that there was one less brave and beautiful girl than just the day before. It yearned to melt all of the men's evil tools that hurt and then at times took such a precious life so that they could not make another girl go through such horrific torture and gore.

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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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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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Thank You

Made our first donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation today. I was a victim of sexual assault at 16. Now, at 48, I finally realize it wasn’t my fault. Thank you for...

Made our first donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation today. I was a victim of sexual assault at 16. Now, at 48, I finally realize it wasn’t my fault. Thank you for doing what you do and for giving so many a voice.

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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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Thank you so much!

I'm very thankful for this foundation and Mariska and the NoMore because I can help others with my powerful words to speak up & say NoMore. You guys are...

I'm very thankful for this foundation and Mariska and the NoMore because I can help others with my powerful words to speak up & say NoMore. You guys are teaching me that everyday. This foundation has helped me to have a Joyful heart/fearless heart too! I can share my heart with this foundation and Mariska,and the NoMore! And I also share a little bit of my story with u guys it took me a long time. I don't know where I would be at if ever found this foundation it been helping me speak up and say NoMore. Just last year I was new to the NoMore movement and to joyful heart foundation too but now I know so much about DV, SA, And child abuse to. I'm very pound of myself to have guys still a part of my long journey with me.keep of the amazing worked that u guys do everyday for so many. I like using my kind words to helped others that they are not alone anymore. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to me it's means a lot to me!

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