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Joyful Heart regularly seeks to mobilize our community to participate in advocacy campaigns to help bring attention to the issues affecting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
We believe that through advocacy, we can shine a spotlight directly on the darkness and reality of these issues to those who are in a position to create lasting and systemic change—policymakers and government officials. By spreading the word about these issues, we can tell the stories of survivors—stories of their bravery, journey of how these issues have affected them. We can send the message that they and their experiences matter and that we will hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.
Your voice is a pivitol part of these efforts. We invite you to educate others—love ones, friends and neighbors—to build strong and healthy communities. And we invite you to advocate to create the systemic changes respond better to survivors and end all forms of violence and abuse.
Current Advocacy Campaigns
Online Advocacy: Urge your government representatives to fund rape kit testing.
This summer, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate advanced spending bills that include $117 million for Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Reduction Grants, which provide funding for eligible states and local governments to test backlogged DNA samples. The legislation specifically instructs the Justice Department to prioritize the testing of rape kits. This is a critical investment that will not only save lives, hold rapists accountable and give survivors greater access to justice—it also has the power to bring much-needed healing.
We invite you to come back to this section regularly to keep informed of the latest advocacy opportunities. Over the coming months, we'll be updating it with new features so that you can take action and advocate even more easily. To recieve more action alerts and updates, visit our sign up page here.