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Work to end the rape kit backlog
August 30, 2013 • Tampa Bay Tribune
By Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. read more
Kym Worthy and the fight to investigate Detroit's 11,000 forgotten rapes
August 26, 2013 • The Guardian
By Rosie Swash
Evidence relating to thousands of rape cases has been neglected for years in the US. Now 'the toughest woman in Detroit' is determined to do something about it. read more
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime
August 25, 2013 • Alabama.com
By Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the terrible, misplaced social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence, they overcome the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent, they overcome the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of, and they speak up. read more
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault
August 20, 2013 • Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Sarah Tofte
Last year, a FedEx delivery truck arrived at the Detroit Police Department storage facility to pick up the first batch of untested rape kits bound, finally, for crime labs. Thus began Detroit’s massive task of processing its rape kit backlog – the more than 11,000 kits that were left behind to languish in a police warehouse, some for more than two decades. read more
'Law & Order: SVU' Star Mariska Hargitay Helps Real-Life Victims
July 25, 2013 • Hamptons Magazine
By George Stephanopoulos
Mariska Hargitay sits down with George Stephanopoulos and Hamptons Magazine to discuss how her role on the hit NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has influenced her life over the past 14 years. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation Gala by Julie Moran
7/11/13 • The Balancing Act
By Julie Moran
Emmy-award winning actress Mariska Hargitay stops to talk to Julie Moran on the red carpet at the gala for her Joyful Heart Foundation. Hollywood Watch was there to capture all the star studded support. read more
Wayne County must put safety of its communities first: Sarah Tofte
June 6, 2013 • Detroit Free Press
By Sarah Tofte
With Wednesday’s announcement that the State of Michigan may provide $4 million in funding to help test old rape kit evidence in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette made it clear that preventing and prosecuting sexual assaults in Detroit is a priority. read more
Priorities
June 3, 2013 • The Huffington Post
By Mariska Hargitay and Kym Worthy
Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, including the recent passage of a more inclusive Violence Against Women Act, much work remains to be done. read more
Julianne Hough Wears Jacob Arabov Jewelry to 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala
May 29, 2013 • Wall Street Journal
By MarketWire
The Joyful Heart Foundation Gala 2013 was held on 42nd Street in New York City on Thursday evening, May 9th. The event was sponsored by a number of well-known companies including Pepsi Cola Company, Michael Stars, Verizon Communications, The Art of Grace, and Wolf Films among many others. The founder, Mariska Hargitay, was joined at the event by her husband, Peter Hermann, and a number of celebrities including Danny Pino, Mary J. Blige, Jemima Kirke, Will Chase, Julianne Hough, Christopher Meloni, Uma Thurman, Mary Louise Parker, Glenn Close, and Harry Connick Jr. just to name a few. read more
Say Cheese!
May 10, 2013 • New York Post
By Page 6
Jemima Kirke attends the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala. read more
Eye on Entertainment
May 10, 2013 • The Washington Post
By Lifestyle Blog
Images from the Joyful Heart Foundation's 2013 Joyful Revolution Gala read more
Law & Order star promotes Rockland's own SVU in video
May 10, 2013 • Journal News - Lohud.com
By Steve Lieberman
Actress Mariska Hargitay talks about helping victims of sexual and domestic abuse on a video released Friday by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office promoting the county’s “Spirit of Rockland" Special Victims Unit. read more
Biden weighs a White House run in 2016.
May 3, 2013 • The Washington Post
By Philip Rucker and Melina Mara
Biden jokes with Mariska Hargitay, a star of one of the “Law & Order” TV shows, who has been vocal against domestic violence, before giving his speech. read more
Rape evidence in U.S. languishes untested in police storage
April 23, 2013 • Trust Law
By Lisa Anderson
NEW YORK - The United States leads the world in the use of rape kits to gather DNA and forensic evidence from victims of sexual assault, but hundreds of thousands of those kits remain untested, some for years, according to researchers. read more
Steubenville High School Football Players Convicted of Raping Teen
April 1, 2013 • People Magazine
By Jeff Truesdell
Take a Stand Against Violence read more
Lanvin Collection Preview and Benefit for Joyful Heart
April 1, 2013 • C Magazine - Social Front
Alexandra von Furstenberg, Mariska Hargitay and other fashionable folk turned out for Lanvin's collection preview and luncheon to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation and toast Hargitay's (who is JHF's Founder & President) birthday. read more
Tweet Peeks: Mariska Hargitay and Joe Biden
March 20, 2013 • E! Online
The Law & Order: SVU actress can't help but snap a photo with the Vice President before a news conference is held in Rockville, Md. read more
Mariska Hargitay and Hugh O'Brien show how to use celebrity ethically
May 18, 2013 • Ethics Alarms
By Jack Marshall
Hargitay is an unusual Hollywood story. The daughter of a screen legend (her mother was famous sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, and Mariska, then a toddler, was in the car Mansfield was driving when she died in a horrific accident), Hargitay achieved stardom the old-fashioned way, by working through the ranks. read more
Sexual abuse and domestic violence symbol is launched
March 18, 2013 • USA Today
By Eliza Collins
Christine Mau doesn't want anyone to go through the abuse that she suffered, which is why she helped design the No More symbol. read more
NO MORE: Putting an End to Domestic Violence Once and for All
March 15, 2013 • Huffington Post
By Ariel Zwang
While we are absolutely, truly delighted that President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act last week, it's also clear that the legislation never should have been allowed to lapse in the first place. The fact that it was even used as a political chess piece is a disturbing indication of the low priority that sexual and domestic violence have in this country as a national issue. read more
Silent on rape no more
March 15, 2013 • The Washington Post
By Kathleen Parker
Mariska Hargitay, better known as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art. read more
Taking Action to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicide
March 14, 2013 • WhiteHouse.gov
By Lynn Rosenthal
Yesterday I attended an event held by Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder focused on reducing domestic violence homicides. read more
Wayne Co. prosecutor wins praise from actress for rape kit efforts
March 14, 2013 • The Detroit News
By David Shepardson
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy lobbied Wednesday for more federal support to test a backlog of more than 10,000 rape kits from Detroit and won praise from a national advocate for victims of sexual assault. After initially testing 400 of the kits picked at random from a backlog of 11,300 that were found in a Detroit police storage facility in 2009 for a pilot project, Worthy said they have completed testing another 398 rape kits. read more
‘Twilight,’ ‘Law and Order’ Actresses Say ‘No More’ to Domestic Violence
March 13, 2013 • ABC News
By Sarah Parnass and Freda Kahen-Kashi
A week after President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, celebrities and business leaders came to the Capitol today to end domestic abuse. read more
Biden: We can do more to stop domestic violence
March 13, 2013 • USA Today
Vice President Joe Biden joined Attorney General Eric Holder and Mariska Hargitay at an event in Maryland Wednesday to highlight the urgent need to reduce domestic violence homicides. (March 13) read more

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