Press Releases & Statements

2016

April 7, 2016
Joyful Heart Foundation Releases Study on Victim Notification

March 14, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden to be Honored by Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation

March 2, 2016
Joyful Heart Groundbreaking Celebrity PSAs Address Myths, Societal Attitudes that Confront Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

February 9, 2016
Joyful Heart Foundation Welcomes President Obama’s Inclusion of $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request

January 20, 2016
Joyful Heart Foundation and Partners File Amicus Brief in Ohio Case That Could Undermine Justice for Rape Survivors

2015

October 23, 2015
USA Network Teams with Mariska Hargitay, her Joyful Heart Foundation, the NO MORE Campaign and NFL Players to Commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 23, 2015
New York Giants Join My Sisters’ Place, Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation to Say “NO MORE” to Domestic Violence

September 10, 2015
Jofyul Heart Foundation Celebrates Nearly $80 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

August 25, 2015
USA Network Stars Support NO MORE Campaign to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Upcoming Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Marathon on August 30

June 11, 2015
U.S. Senate Committee Approves $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform

June 3, 2015
U.S House of Representatives Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

May 19, 2015
Joyful Heart Foundation Releases New Data on Rape Kit Backlogs in Five U.S. Cities 

May 13, 2015
House of Representatives Committee Includes Full Funding for Rape Kit Reform

March 10, 2015
Department of Justice Releases Solicitations for New Rape Kit Reform Initiative

March 4, 2015
Survivors, Celebrities, Non-Profits, Corporations and State and Local Coalitions Unite to Promote National Awareness to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault During NO MORE Week 

February 2, 2015
Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds President's Investment in Rape Kit Reform

2014

December 10, 2014
Celebrities Display Raw Emotion, Are Rendered "Speechless" in New, Unscripted NO MORE PSAs on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

December 9, 2014
Sexual Assault Survivors Given Hope In Congressional Spending Bill

November 26, 2014
NFL Players Display Raw Emotion in New, Unscripted NO MORE PSAs on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

November 12, 2014
Joyful Heart to Partner with Manhattan DA on New Initiative to Help End the Rape Kit Backlog

October 8, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden and Mariska Hargitay Team with USA Network to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

October 3, 2014
Joyful Heart Releases New Data on Rape Kit Backlogs in Four U.S. Cities

August 15, 2014
Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds NIJ/FBI Partnership to Address Rape Kit Backlog; Urges Senate to Approve Critical Funding

June 19, 2014
USA Network to Air Second Law & Order: SVU "NO MORE EXCUSES" Marathon to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

May 29, 2014
Viacom and the Joyful Heart Foundation Say "NO MORE" to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

May 5, 2014
House Appropriations Provides $36 Million for Rape Kit Reform

April 24, 2014
Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish of "Law & Order: SVU" to Host "NO MORE Excuses" Marathon on USA Network

March 20, 2014
New "NO MORE" Celebrity PSA Address the Myths and Excuses that Confront Adult Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

March 19, 2014
Groundbreaking Effort Launches to Increase Private Sector Support to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

March 5, 2014
New White House Grant Program Offers Resources, Proven Solutions to End the Rape Kit Backlog

February 12, 2014
National NO MORE Movement Responds to Wall Street Journal Columnist Accusing Rape Victims of Being Responsible for Their Rape

January 22, 2014
Statement from Sarah Tofte, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, on White House Report on Sexual Assault

2013

November 7, 2013
New Rape Kit Backlog Resource from the Joyful Heart Foundation

September 23, 2013
New PSA Campaign Featuring More Than 40 Celebrities Calls Attention to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Encourages Bystanders to Help

2012

November 20, 2012
Me&Ro and Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation Launch New Fearlessness Tag Pendant to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

October 18, 2012
Verizon Foundation Launches New Domestic Violence Awareness Effort Encouraging All Men to Join and Engage in Prevention Efforts

October 15, 2012
Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation Selected to Participate in Bloomberg Tradebook’s “Trick or Trade” Charity Event

September 5, 2012
Emmy Award-Winning Actress Mariska Hargitay Challenges the Nation to Do the KIND Thing in Support of the Joyful Heart Foundation

May 1, 2012
Me&Ro and Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation Launch Men’s Fearlessness Tube Bracelet to Support the Engaging Men Initiative

April 25, 2012
Youth, Government Officials, Advocates and Survivors to Rally for Denim Day NYC 2012

April 2, 2012
1in6, Inc. and Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation Announce Partnership to Kick Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month 

March 21, 2012
Mariska Hargitay and the Joyful Heart Foundation Urge Senate to Reauthorize VAWA

March 14, 2012
Mariska Hargitay and the Joyful Heart Foundation Applaud New York Legislators and Governor Cuomo for Historic Agreement to Expand to Expand DNA Databank

January 19, 2012
The Joyful Heart Foundation and Mariska Hargitay Release Video in Support of Expanding New York’s DNA Databank

2011

September 29, 2011
Joyful Heart Foundation Nominated for $1 Million Prize from Chase to Help End National Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

2010

December 10, 2010
Actress and Advocate Mariska Hargitay and 'Today' Show Co-Host Meredith Vieira Help Kick Off 'It's Time To Talk Day' by Participating in Screening of Powerful Domestic Violence Documentary 

May 9, 2010
Powerful Documentary on Domestic Violence Premieres at Newseum in Washington, D.C.; Will Begin Airing in June on PBS Stations Across the Country 

March 24, 2010
Hollywood Stars Raise Awareness of Global Health on Capitol Hill 

February 2, 2010
Department of Justice Officials, Actress Mariska Hargitay Urge Team Response to End Violence Against Women 

2009

November 9, 2009
Actress Mariska Hargitay and the Joyful Heart Foundation Join philosophy to Serve Women in Crisis Throughout Los Angeles County

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