Media Archive by Year: 2011

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2011 - Seven Who Create New Visions of Change
January 5th, 2011 • Women's eNews
Colleen Flahtery
Cleaning the streets of Los Angeles in 1992, which were trashed by a community after the acquittal of police accused of beating Rodney King, provided an epiphany for Maile Zambuto, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a college rape. read more
America's Cold-Case Crisis
February 25th, 2011 • The Daily Beast
Linda Fairstein
Testing old rape kits could put countless rapists in prison—and exonerate others who were wrongly convicted. Linda Fairstein on the tragedy of letting these truth-tellers collect dust. read more
Courtney Love, Patti Smith Bring Punk Cred To Mariska Hargitay's Charity Event
May 18th, 2011 • MTV
Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Your typical posh charity benefit in Manhattan usually includes a celebrity or two, maybe a performance by an artist who was popular in the '90s and a room full of insanely rich (and generous!) people. And while all of the above were at the Museum of Modern Art last night, the benefit for "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart organization had a whole lot more. read more
DNA doesn’t lie
May 30th, 2011 • Boston Herald
Linda Fairstein
The fact that there are estimated to be almost a quarter of a million untested rape evidence collection kits collecting dust in police department warehouses across this country remains a national embarrassment. read more
DNA Evidence CAN Stop Serial Rapists
August 4th, 2011 • Ms. Magazine
Stephanie Hallet
It was an ordinary day in October, 2002. Julie Weil and her infant son were picking up Julie’s daughter, three-year-old Emily, from her Florida preschool at noon. As Julie buckled her daughter into her car seat, she felt a sudden blow to the head. read more
Ella Burnside, Founder of Taking on Goliath
October 20th, 2011 • The Voice Tribune
Ashley Anderson
It’s one thing to say you’re going to do something, it’s another to actually do it. That’s the lesson Ella Burnside took from her English class at Christian Academy and one she’s become an example of through her work with Taking on Goliath, a fundraiser for the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Hargitay Helps Heal The Healers
April 6, 2011 • MidWeek
Yu Shing Ting
Just as she does on TV, actress Mariska Hargitay (who plays detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse heal and reclaim their lives. read more
Hargitay was devastated to lose her 'SVU' partner
September 28th, 2011 • The Today Show
Ann Curry
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is back from its summer break, but it’s not the same old show it once was. Leading man Christopher Meloni, who played Det. Elliot Stabler for over a decade, is out, as is actor B.D. Wong, and several new faces have joined the drama. Still, one thing hasn’t changed — Mariska Hargitay is bringing Olivia Benson to the squad room, even though she's lost her on-screen partner. read more
Healing the Healers
April 2011 • Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Each day, EMS providers save lives and put themselves at risk by often suppressing their own emotions. Eventually, this takes its toll. The Joyful Heart Foundation has found a way to help. read more
I am Pure Joy
February 16th, 2011 • The Huffington Post
Alanna Zabel
I had the honor of attending Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation annual celebration last week. This organization that Mariska started works to heal, educate and empower victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. T read more
Interview with Maile Zambuto and Dr. Valli Kalei Kanuha
July 18th, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
Joyful Heart CEO Maile Zambuto and board member Valli Kalei Kanuha, Ph.D, discuss the findings of new research on the Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hawai'i on Sunrise Hawaii News Now. The research report, released in partnership by the Joyful Heart Foundation and the Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund, is available for download. read more
It's time to test rape kits
May 15th, 2011 • Houston Chronicle
Mariska Hargitay, Sarah Tofte and Annette Burrhus-Clay
Over the last two years, cities across Texas, including Houston, have acknowledged significant backlogs of untested rape kits in their police storage facilities — at least 4,000 kits in Houston and another 16,000 untested kits in Dallas and San Antonio combined. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation Hires Kata Issari as Hawai‘i Regional Director
October 21st, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
Bennett Group
The Joyful Heart Foundation announced today that Kata Issari has joined the organization as its first Hawai'i regional director. Issari will play an integral role in leading the organization's growth locally and dissemination of innovative, statewide programs to serve island residents. read more
Joyful Heart Foundation reveals findings from new study
July 19th, 2011 • Hawaii News Now
Hawaii News Now

 A new study reveals the number of Hawaii families touched by child abuse.

The Joyful Heart Foundation asked people around the state if they know someone who's been abused. Approximately 40 percent of those people answered "yes."

According to the study, 80 percent feel that it's a major problem, but the remaining 20 percent think it's a minor one.

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Keck's Exclusives: The Story Behind Law & Order: SVU's Mystery Necklace
October 30th, 2011 • TV Guide
William Keck
The origin of Olivia Benson's necklace — showcasing a Semper Fi Marine medallion (alongside two pendants representing Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation). read more
Law & Order: SVU' Tackles Male-on-Male Sexual Abuse in 'Personal Fouls'
September 27th, 2011 • AOL TV
Chris Harnick
The second episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 13 is one for the TV history books. Not only does it feature guest stars Dan Lauria, Mechad Brooks, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, but it'll also tackle the taboo issue of male-on-male sexual violence. read more
Look of the Day
May 18th, 2011 • InStyle
(Photo Cred: Mike Coppola, Getty Images)
Hilary Swank at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala read more
Mariska Hargitay and Jennifer Love Hewitt rock Aziam Tank for Charity
January 25th, 2011 • John Simon Daily
John Simon Daily
Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay celebrated her birthday over the weekend wearing an AZIAM Wife Lover made exclusively for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization in which Harigtay founded in 2004 to support victims of sexual assault. read more
Mariska Hargitay hosts the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala
May 18th, 2011 • The Examiner
Cathy O'Brien
Mariska Hargitay hosted the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala last night at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the event featured a celebrity guest list as well as live performances by celebrity musicians. read more
Mariska Hargitay narrates Children of 9-11 on NBC
August 31st, 2011 • The Examiner
Christine Nyholm
Mariska Hargitay will narrate 'Children of 9/11' a special about the children affected directly by the September 11 terrorist attacks. read more
Mariska Hargitay's Second Act
October 25th, 2011 • MORE Magazine
Amanda Robb
Psychics told the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star that the second half of her life would be much better than the first. Today, with a supercharged career and a long-desired second child, she's on a whole new journey. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Joyful Heart Gala with Hilary Swank!
May 21st, 2011 • Just Jared
Just Jared
Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank attend the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala on Tuesday (May 17) at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. read more
Natasha's Justice Project, Stony Brook University To Study Rape Kit Backlog
September 16th, 2011 • The Huffington Post
Frank Eltman
A recently formed organization that contends there is a nationwide backlog of untested rape kits told The Associated Press on Monday that it was teaming with a New York university to try to figure out how many are sitting on police department shelves as a first step in clearing the logjam. 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
Phone App Wakes Parents Up to Teen Dating Abuse
September 13th, 2011 • Women's eNews
Jane Randel
Parental involvement is key to combating teen dating abuse, says Jane Randel. The Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Love Is Not Abuse campaign has created an iPhone application to educate parents on what their teens may be going through. read more

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