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In a man's game, Mark Herzlich is standing up for women
October 24, 2015 • The New York Times
Bill Pennington

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich grew up in locker rooms, from peewee football to the N.F.L.

“It’s a very unusual work environment — a small space and 100 percent male,” Herzlich said.

Locker to locker, the setting is marinated in machismo, with a lineup of employees celebrated for their toughness.

“We play a rough game on TV,” Herzlich said. “People see us and say: ‘Man, look at that dude. That’s a guy right there.’ ”

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NFL players commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in upcoming "SVU" marathon
10/23/2015 • The Futon Critic
The new interstitial campaign features Mariska Hargitay and NFL stars encouraging everyone to "get off the sidelines" to help stop domestic violence and sexual assault. read more
Mariska Hargitay is front and center as 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' kicks off its 17th season
September 14, 2015 • Daily News
Jaqueline Cutler
Mariska Hargitay returns as Sgt. Olivia Benson in the 17th season of “Law & Order: SVU.” read more
More than 40 police agencies to get $79M to test rape kits
September 11, 2015 • USA Today
Steve Reilly and Charisse Jones
A USA TODAY/TEGNA joint investigation finds thousands of untested rape kits sitting in police department evidence rooms across the country. Rape victims, politicians and police are speaking out, hoping to change that. read more
White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79 million to test rape kits
September 10, 2015 • Al Jazeera
Funding will go toward DNA testing on an estimated 70,000 rape kits, which are often backlogged because of expense. read more
New national funding will clear Utah’s backlog of untested rape kits
September 10, 2015 • The Salt Lake Tribune
The Associated Press
White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79M to test the kits nationwide. read more
State Attorney's Office receives $2 million federal grant to clear rape test-kit backlog
September 10, 2015 • jacksonville.com
Derek Gilliam
State Attorney Angela Corey announced Thursday afternoon that her office has received nearly $2 million in a federal grant to eliminate the about 1,300 sexual-assault test kits sitting on evidence shelves at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. read more
Nearly $80 Million Will Be Used to Finally Test Thousands of Rape Kits
September 10, 2015 • Jezebel
Anna Merlin

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch were in New York Thursday to announce that the White House has awarded $41 million in new rape kit testing grants to police departments across the country, added to the $38 million in grant money that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance already contributed. That $79 million will be used to test 70,000 backlogged rape kits across the country. Finally.

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Millions Earmarked to Clear 'Disturbing' Rape Kit Backlog
September 10, 2015 • NBC News
Kate Snow, Rich McHugh and Tracy Connor
New effort underway to clear rape kit backlog. read more
Rape, suspended in time
September 7, 2015 • Las Vegas Sun
Megan Messerly
Hoping to bring closure to victims, Las Vegas fighting to analyze thousands of backlogged rape kits that have been in storage for decades. read more
‘Law and Order: SVU’ News 2015: USA Network’s Next Marathon Of The Addictive Cop Show Will Benefit A Good Cause
August 26, 2015 • Enstars
Dave Odegard
The police procedural’s next binge-offering on cable will be a call to end domestic violence and sexual assault. read more
Why Haven't 70,000 Rape Kits Been Tested for DNA?
July 20, 2015 • NBC News
Kate Snow and Rich McHugh

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits that could identify serial sexual attackers are sitting untested by police departments across the country — despite promises and federal funds to clear the backlog, a new agency-by-agency count suggests.

Documents obtained exclusively by USA TODAY Media Network, an NBC News partner, uncovered more than 70,000 neglected forensic evidence kits amassed by more than 1,000 police agencies. That's just a fraction of the nation's 18,000 police departments, so the total number of untested kits is likely far higher.

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Zambuto & Prichard: Resources Needed to Test Rape Kits
July 10, 2015 • The Ledger.com
MAILE M. ZAMBUTO AND THERESA L. PRICHARD

Recently, the Joyful Heart Foundation announced that Jacksonville has 1,943 untested rape kits in law enforcement evidence storage facilities. Sadly, Jacksonville is not alone.

Despite the fact that DNA evidence can be an incredibly powerful tool to solve and prevent crimes, the federal government estimates that across the country there are hundreds of thousands of rape kits that have never been sent to a crime lab for testing.

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The risk we take with Charlotte’s rape kit backlog
June 29, 2015 • The Charlotte Observer
Maile M. Zambuto
From Maile M. Zambuto, Chief Executive Officer of the Joyful Heart Foundation, and Monika Johnson Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the President of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, read more
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog
June 22, 2015 • RH Reality Check
Sofia Resnick
“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.” -Kiyona Phillips read more
HomeFree Content States on Skates roller skaters return to Salida, raise $26,000
May 26, 2015 • The Mountain Mail
Ryan Summerlin

Three Ark Valley High Rollers are back in their street shoes after 78 days of skating from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast.

Their roller derby teammates, friends and some people who were just plain curious packed into Café Dawn Monday for their return party to see a slide show of the trio’s last 3½ months.

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We’re Letting Untested Rape Kits Languish In Warehouses And It Has Huge Consequences
May 21, 2015 • Think Progress
TARA CULP-RESSLER

Despite more than a billion dollars in public funding dedicated to helping law enforcement officials test the DNA evidence collected in rape kits, there’s still a huge backlog of untested kits collecting dust in storage facilities across the country, according to advocates who testified at a Senate committee hearing this week.

Because DNA evidence is collected on a local level, we have no idea exactly how many rape kits are languishing unopened in massive warehouses. Advocacy groups in the field believe that the total number is in the hundreds of thousands.

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Joyful Heart Reveals Rape Kit Backlog Data, but More Remains Unknown
May 20, 2015 • Nonprofit Quarterly
SHAFAQ HASAN

The Joyful Heart Foundation’s Accountability Project, an initiative that’s part of the #EndTheBacklog program focused on identifying the extent of the national rape kit backlog, has released new information detailing the number of untested kits in several cities nationwide.

Through public record requests, the foundation discovered the following totals:

Charlotte, North Carolina: 1,019 untested kits

Jacksonville, Florida: 1,943 kits

Kansas City, Missouri: 1,324 kits

Portland, Oregon: 1,931 kits

San Diego, California: 2,873 kits

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Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights
Sarah Haacke Byrd
Statement for the record for Sarah Haacke Byrd, Managing Director for the Joyful Heart Foundation before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. read more
Advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits
May 19, 2015 • KSHB Kansas City
Lexi Sutter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A national rape victim advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits.

The nonprofit Joyful Heart Foundation released information Tuesday about testing backlogs in five cities. It says it hopes the cities will "take aggressive and comprehensive steps toward rape kit reform."

“We do feel that the transparency and accountability around releasing the numbers will pave the way for true reform around rape kit testing,” explained Ilse Knecht, the senior advisor for policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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Mariska Hargitay tears up at Joyful Revolution Gala, talks 'huge progress' of domestic violence, sexual assault awareness
May 7, 2015 • Daily News
RACHEL MARESCA

Mariska Hargitay couldn't be prouder of how far her foundation has come.

The "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress, who founded the Joyful Heart organization in 2004, teared up when talking about it to the Daily News' Confidential column at Wednesday's Joyful Revolution Gala.

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Man Charged in 1995 New York City Rape and Robbery After DNA Match
May 4, 2015 • Jezebel
Anna Merlan

The Manhattan District Attorney has charged Joseph Giardala, 44, with raping and robbing a woman in New York City’s West Village in 1995. New York couldn’t identify Giardala by name after the rape, but entered his DNA into a national database, where it matched with a case in Florida earlier this year. In the years since allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman at knifepoint, Giardala has lived in at least eleven different U.S. states and appears to have traveled out of the country dozens of times.

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Why Every Business Should Also Get Into the Business of Good
April 29, 2015 • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-lerner/why-every-business-should_b_7169922.html
Suzanne Lerner

As a founder of a global brand for over 25 years, Michael Stars (I founded it in 1986 year with my husband, Michael), it would be easy for me to only focus on opportunities that made me money or elevated my company's profile. But instead, I've chosen a dual career: one as a business leader, and one as a leader in philanthropy.

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Salida roller derby athletes tackling cross-country fundraising skate
April 28, 2015 • The Denver Post
Jason Blevins

Kim Bouldin sounds lost.

"What day is this? I've lost track. I think we are on day 20," she says, her voice lost in the growl of a passing truck.

She's at a roadside convenience store just outside Biloxi, Miss.

The days are a blur. Roller skating 700 miles on rough roads over three weeks does strange things to your mind and body, says the mother and wife from Salida.

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Biden: ‘Guys … you have to step up’ to fight violence against women
April 25, 2015 • The Hill
Jordan Fabian
Vice President Biden is teaming up with actress Jessica Szohr for an event raising awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. read more

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