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2011: The Year of National Rape Kit Backlog Reform
December 20th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
Sarah Tofte
The end of a year inspires bold predictions for the next one. At the end of this year, I am predicting that 2011 will be a year of unprecedented reform of the backlog of untested rape kits in the United State read more
Private Practice takes on dark subject of rape
November 2nd, 2010 • The Star
Chuck Barney
Private Practice is the latest in a long line of prime-time television shows that have used rape, and its related issues as a fodder for dramatic storytelling. read more
Obama, Biden mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month with new programs
October 27th, 2010 • USA Today
Mimi Hall
President Obama and Vice President Biden plan to announce a host of government-wide efforts to reduce domestic and sexual violence and end the cycle of abuse that affects primarily women and children. read more
Mariska Hargitay Helps Survivors Heal On and Off 'SVU'
September 29th, 2010 • iVillage
Jacki Garfinkel
The Law & Order: SVU star speaks out about the rights of rape victims and what she's learned from Olivia Benson. read more
Jennifer Love Hewitt Calls SVU Role "Raw"
September 29th, 2010 • TV Guide
Robyn Ross
On Wednesday's episode of Law & Order: SVU, Jennifer Love Hewitt guest-stars as Vicki, a woman who has been repeatedly raped by the same man for more than a decade. read more
Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved?
September 28th, 2010 • The Daily Beast
Linda Fairstein
On tonight’s Law & Order: SVU, police will discover thousands of unexamined rape kits—a chilling premise that’s not just fiction. Linda Fairstein on how the real backlog could solve countless crimes. read more
Ending the Backlog
September 28th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
Mariska Hargitay and Neal Baer
By failing to test rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority. read more
"My Faith Pulled Me Through"
September 10th, 2010 • Good Housekeeping
Sheila Weiler
It took years. It almost broke her heart. Here, for the first time, Mariska Hargitay shares the tender story of how she adopted her two precious new kids. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Staying Sane When Life Is Moving Fast
September 10th, 2010 • Good Housekeeping
David Keeps
TV's favorite cop on managing tricky marriage moments, ignoring her son's bedtime — and staying safe and sane when life is moving a little too fast. read more
Hargitay comes to the rescue
September 5th, 2010 • The Star Advertiser
Nadine Kam
A dinner with Joyful Heart Foundation officials and local supporters marked a homecoming for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay, who was in town last week for a series of private appearances on behalf of the organization she founded. read more
Mariska Hargitay in town for Joyful Heart fundraiser
The Star Advertiser • The Star Advertiser -TGIF Blog
Nadine Kam
Mariska Hargitay was in town for a series of private appearances, including a dinner at Neiman Marcus’s Mariposa restaurant Sept. 1, to raise awareness and funds for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded out of a desire to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Offering A Joyful Heart For Abuse Victims
August 25th, 2010 • MidWeek
Yu Shing Ting
Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay had a sort of revelation while visiting Hawaii, and since then has been dedicated to helping abuse victims. read more
Cristina Carlino: From Makeup to Motherhood
June 28th, 2010 • iVillage
Alina Dizik
When Cristina Carlino launched Philosophy, she created a brand that was about more than cute packaging and nicely scented body washes (though the Falling in Love fragrance is pretty heavenly). In fact, the brand aims to inspire women from both inside and out, using product bottles to pass along messages of hope or friendship while using simple yet effective ingredients. Of course, behind Philosophy is a woman with a philosophy: create a better world, one small step at a time. read more
Mad About Mariska
June 17th, 2010 • Hamptons Magazine
Jo Piazza
Hargitay is one cliché worth talking about. In the midst of 12- to 15-hour days of physically grueling shoots for Law & Order: SVU, Mariska finds time to be a hands-on parent to her four-year-old son, August; push the envelope to grow the Joyful Heart Foundation, her charity for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse—and chat with a reporter to explain how she has time to do it all. read more
Telling Amy’s Story
May 21st, 2010 • iLookBothWays
Linda Criddle
Last night I watched the premier of a beautiful movie about an ugly epidemic. Telling Amy’s Story chronicles the years and incidents of domestic violence that led up to the fatal shooting of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who had finally found the courage to escape her abusive husband. read more
Doing Good with Verizon Wireless
May 21st, 2010 • Business Edge
Wayne Rash
Nine years ago, a Verizon Wireless employee named Amy became a victim of domestic violence. Despite court orders and a legal battle, Amy's husband continued to stalk her, interrupted her work, and ultimately killed her. She was just one of thousands of women affected each year by such violence, and one of far too many to be killed as a result. read more
Rape Kit Testing Backlog Thwarts Justice for Victims
May 20th, 2010 • ABC News
Devin Dwyer and Lisa Jones
When Valerie Neumann woke up dazed and physically bruised the morning after her 21st birthday, the awful reality began to sink in that she had been raped. Neumann then made the difficult decision many sexual assault victims make -- to submit to the ordeal of a rape kit at her local hospital. read more
2010 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala in NYC
May 6th, 2010 • The Gossipist
B.D. Wong
Last night, the organization held a fundraiser attended by Mariska Hargitay, Rosie Perez, Stephanie March, B.D. Wong, Chris Meloni, Maria Bello, and more. read more
Lobbying to reduce the Rape Kit Backlog
March 24th, 2010 • CBS News
Laura Strickler
This week, Valerie Neumann, a rape victim who was profiled in a CBS News investigation into the national rape kit backlog, is pounding the halls of Congress asking dozens of lawmakers to support legislation that will require DNA from all rape kits to be tested. read more
SVU's Mariska Hargitay Helps Trauma Survivors On-Screen and Off
February 19th, 2010 • TV Guide
Robyn Ross
Mariska Hargitay's character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has devoted her life to helping survivors of assault and abuse, and the actress is doing her part in real life as well. Her Joyful Heart Foundation, inspired by Hargitay's experiences on the show, aims to aid and inspire people who have suffered sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Jennifer, Courteney & More Stars Celebrate Mariska’s New Charity Tee
February 12th, 2010 • People Magazine
Tiffany Mortensen
When Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay decided to team up with Los Angeles based T-shirt brand Michael Stars to create a limited-edition tee to benefit women and children who have overcome domestic violence and sexual assault, her famous friends joined forces to celebrate the charitable partnership. read more
Mariska Hargitay’s Charitable “Philosophy”
November 13th, 2009 • People Magazine
Jen Garcia
While she may play tough as nails detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this Hollywood actress is showing off her big heart by using her spare time to give back to women in need. Hargitay and her Joyful Heart Foundation joined forces with philosophy to build “healing kits” for women in shelters throughout the LA area to draw attention to the massive budget cuts to the state’s domestic violence services. read more
Nurses who deal with sexual assault cases are 'a special kind of person'
November 5th, 2009 • Times Herald-Record
Heather Yakin
Caring for and collecting evidence from survivors of sexual assault takes a special mix of compassion and technical expertise. read more
DNA test key in state rape kit overhaul
October 23rd, 2009 • Times Union
Carol Demere
It was the first overhaul in 20 years of what is officially known as the sexual offense evidence collection kit and the upgrade was seriously needed, state Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell said. read more
'SVU' star Mariska Hargitay joins forces with pros to revamp DNA evidence tool for rape victims
October 22nd, 2009 • NY Daily News
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
A new kit for collecting forensic evidence from rape victims will be unveiled today - the first revamping of the crucial tool in 20 years. read more

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