All of us at Joyful Heart Foundation are incredibly grateful to you for your interest in getting more involved in our work and efforts to end sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. In 2004, Joyful Heart was just a glimmer of an idea—an idea that began when Mariska Hargitay started her role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It was an idea to help the millions of survivors heal and reclaim their lives, an idea that if we turn towards these issues together, the weight of these crimes doesn't have to be carried alone. With the support of people like you, we've accomplished so much since then. Yet much work lies ahead—and that’s where you come in.
For a while now, we’ve been calling what we’re doing a “joyful revolution." And we're asking you to join it by turning towards these issues.
The turn is simple—and profound. As it did for Mariska, it can often begin with learning more about these issues and how they affect peoples' lives. In exploring this section, we invite you to keep this in mind—and to never underestimate the impact you can have on someone’s life—simply by being informed and supportive.
“If we are able to communicate only one thing about your role in a survivor’s journey, it is this: never, ever underestimate your power to affect its course.”
- Maile Zambuto, Joyful Heart CEO
The turn can continue in many more ways. Our community is filled with an inspiring array of voices who have joined in ways we never even thought of suggesting. Board members have to donated the time of their senior staff to help grow our communications efforts, supporters have opened their homes to program participants, students have founded groups on their campuses and thousands of individuals have supported our work with meaningful financial contributions.
There are those of you who share nearly every tweet or Facebook post we publish, raising awareness about our our issues and work to your extended communities. Some run marathons, teach yoga classes and organized intramural teams to raise funds. Others have placed calls and written emails to advocate to your legislators for systemic changes to the way we respond to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Many of you have offered a listening ear to a survivor, spoken out when you've heard someone say something that blames a victim or perpetuates a myth, or you've pointed someone to resources, like many you'll find on this site.
Not only do these actions have a direct effect on the life of a survivor who you reach, or a bystander whose mind you change—they creating a ripple effect: sparking conversation, shedding light and bringing us closer to the day without violence or abuse.
To date, between our donors, volunteers, corporate partners, advocates and online supporters, hundreds of thousands of individuals have joined our joyful revolution. Every accomplishment they have made possible—every dollar raised, every individual served, every policy changed effected—begins by saying YES.
We ask you to join these individuals. Add your voice. We welcome and celebrate every kind of effort, commitment and idea—big and small.
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People Giving Back
'Running reminds you that even in your weakest moments, you are strong.'
This quote has become my mantra since December 2015 but, I guess I should back up a little and start this post from the beginning.
Erica Is Running Against the Shame and Stigma—and for Herself
This November will mark the third time I will run the New York City Marathon. I had no idea running would come to be such an important tool for me in my journey of recovery and healing. I have learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought or believed. I have learned that a lot can happen if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Meet States on Skates: Skating 2,800 Miles in 78 Days with a Joyful Heart
I'd like to introduce you to four amazing women: Gracie, Brenna, Beth and Kim. They are just days away from completing an inspiring journey: roller skating 2,800 miles—from Florida to California—to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, and $50,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
Kyle: Conquering 26.2 Miles for JOY
There [is] some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity to love running. Training has been a labor of love and a learning process. Through it, I’ve come to realize a few things not only about myself, but also about the similarities between preparing for something like a marathon and advocating for survivors of abuse.
Jump for Joy
On April 28, 2012, I'm going to jump out of a perfectly functioning airplane. Why? To take part in Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. I'll be joining thousands others at skydive centers across the country who will take to the sky and jump in effort to raise awareness and money for victims of sexual assault.