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Your support has made many remarkable moments possible in our work to heal, educate and empower. Your commitment, your resolve and your belief in change inspire us every day. We've launched this platform for you to share your own meaningful moments right here. Whether words, an image or a video, we invite you to contribute your moment of joy, gratitude, healing, change, hope, progress—anything significant to you. 

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Letting Go

I was sexually abused by my father for my entire childhood. My father will never face justice because his crime happened so long ago, it has been 34 years since I left...

I was sexually abused by my father for my entire childhood. My father will never face justice because his crime happened so long ago, it has been 34 years since I left home, but I find the love and understanding of beautiful people like those at Joyful Heart makes my heart sing. I am comforted by the knowledge that we are changing the playing field. We are talking, we are taking action, we are standing strong. I love all those women and men that fight against ignorance and carry the message of hope for those still presently in pain. Thank you for your hard work.

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Heart Opening

I was sexually abused as a child, by a girl I grew up with. I told no one for a decade. Through years of therapy, prayer and soul searching I was able to forgive her and...

I was sexually abused as a child, by a girl I grew up with. I told no one for a decade. Through years of therapy, prayer and soul searching I was able to forgive her and move on. I resigned myself at 19-20 to a life of being single, believing that I was damaged goods and no man could love me. However God had other plans. Years of therapy with an incredible counselor helped change my warped view of thinking. What truly terrified me was the knowledge that at some point I would have to share that painful part of my past. Fast forward to today: I'm in a healthy, beautiful relationship with the most amazing man I have ever met! We have been dating for over 8 months and no problems of any sort. He knows about what happened to me as a child, he's been amazing. I got to meet Mariska back in 2005. I hugged her and said 'It was so hard to survive this alone.' Her response was simple, 'But you did it.' Four words that forever changed my way of thinking, opened my heart to a world of possibilities

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ENOUGH

The enough campaign presented by The Girl Code Movement

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Healing My Heart

I am still on my journey of healing my heart, and my mind, after being sexually, physically, and psychologically abused from age 3 to 18. I was never believed when I...

I am still on my journey of healing my heart, and my mind, after being sexually, physically, and psychologically abused from age 3 to 18. I was never believed when I tried to tell as a child, so I stopped trying to tell; especially after being told by a church leader that "(I) wouldn't be getting hurt if (I) was just more obedient". Now, as an adult, I work with my therapist; and with the support of God, I am finally healing. As I heal, I pray for ways I can help to stop the abuse of children. No child deserves to be abused! I am thankful that I recently found The Joyful Heart Foundation, and for the work you do to end sexual assault and child abuse. Thank you!

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Healing in the hands of the lord

Healing In the hands of lord takes time but it has given me hope that that is a possibility. I have suffered all kinds of abuse. This is my time to heal.

Healing In the hands of lord takes time but it has given me hope that that is a possibility. I have suffered all kinds of abuse. This is my time to heal.

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A New Begining

I recently moved to a new state before the holidays with my family. Nobody knows me here and it it great. A fresh start for me. I do not have to see any of the men that...

I recently moved to a new state before the holidays with my family. Nobody knows me here and it it great. A fresh start for me. I do not have to see any of the men that attacked me years ago. Nobody here to judge me and call me a liar. I have made a few friends and I am getting the new start that I needed. I am in college and getting better grades. I am making a positive difference in the world and in people's lives every day. I am not a victim but a survivor and I will not be silenced and I will help students and people in the new town that I now reside in. I am so blessed to be where I am in my life.

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I've finally accepted it

I was in a relationship, for a little over a year, with someone that sexually assaulted me and mentally abused me. I continued to stay in the relationship, not wanting...

I was in a relationship, for a little over a year, with someone that sexually assaulted me and mentally abused me. I continued to stay in the relationship, not wanting to accept the truth. Finally, after ignoring me for two weeks and refusing to admit his wrong doings, I broke it off wit him. It has been about a year and a half since I broke it off and I am just now coming to terms with it all. I still have flashbacks of everything that happened, but since I started dating my soul mate, Trevor, I am doing better. He treats me like a literal queen and I know now what I deserve as a human being; someone who will love me and not ignore me.

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Healing and justice

I never received justice for my sexual assault or physical abuse. In fact, my abuser died. Finding the Joyful Heart Foundation, SVU, Mariska, has provided me with the...

I never received justice for my sexual assault or physical abuse. In fact, my abuser died. Finding the Joyful Heart Foundation, SVU, Mariska, has provided me with the justice and healing that I need. For years I couldn't share my story, I was depressed, angry, and stayed in bed all day everyday for months. I stumbled upon the foundation and Mariska and things slowly started to change. It was the first time that I learned that people care about me and wanted to help me! Thank you! Thank you for saving my life!

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Time heals wounds

As a child I was molested by someone who was close to me, my own blood, my father. I was only 13 years old and I decided to share this with my friends because I couldn...

As a child I was molested by someone who was close to me, my own blood, my father. I was only 13 years old and I decided to share this with my friends because I couldn't take it anymore. They told the school about what was going on with me. The police was called, and my father was arrested that same night. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison, leaving my mother by herself with 4 children. We lost out home because my mother couldn't keep up with rent, so we had to go to a shelter. We lived there for 4 months until my mother was able to find a small studio for us to live in. We started out with nothing, not even a bed. But little by little with help we were able to get our necessities. We were dealing with poverty on top of all our psychological problems. My whole family system changed and the healing began, which was such a painful process. Now Fast forward! I am 25 years old, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I have a family. Time help heals wounds, it's a process.

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Taking back control and creating a positive path

I read 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway' this year, after seeing it recommended by Mariska in an interview. Reading this amazing book made me want to take back...

I read 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway' this year, after seeing it recommended by Mariska in an interview. Reading this amazing book made me want to take back control of my life and my future. It's a slow process, but it's all coming together :) I look for positives wherever possible, I volunteer for a charity to help victims of crime, I donate to the JHF, I give love freely and am kinder to myself. There is beauty in this world and we all deserve to experience it. I am no longer anyone's victim, least of all my own!

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Thankful

In 2014 after seeing all these brave persons through the No More program, I collected my thoughts and emotions and I was finally able to open up to both of my siblings...

In 2014 after seeing all these brave persons through the No More program, I collected my thoughts and emotions and I was finally able to open up to both of my siblings that I was sexually molested by a "dear uncle" during my childhood from the age of 4 yrs old to my early teens. Being able to share my fears and thoughts was a huge relief. Every day is an improvement and slowly I have made progress into breaking the silence and stop blaming my self.#NoMore#thankful#noexcuses#nomorefear

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One Day, One Moment, At A Time

When I was 18, I ran away from home. I left my house with a small garbage bag of clothing, got into the car of an almost stranger, and refused to look in the rear view...

When I was 18, I ran away from home. I left my house with a small garbage bag of clothing, got into the car of an almost stranger, and refused to look in the rear view as we drove away. I was terrified of what the future held, but I was even more terrified to spend another day in that house. I knew that if I had stayed, I would die. My Step Father started physically abusing me at a very young age, but the sexual abuse started on my 12th birthday. Over time, the abuse got worse and more severe, eventually, when I was 15, he took me out of school and kept me close to him almost 24//7. I never thought I would escape, and even a few times,I tried to take my own life. After I left, he tracked me down to the state that I moved to, harassed me for years, came to my new State that I live in now, and last year, we came face to face once more. I never believed I could work through all that happened, and hated myself for what happened to me. I blamed myself for every bruise, every scar,every broken bone, and every panic attack/flashback I had. I found the Joyful Heart Foundation, and through the stories of others, I found the courage within me to stand up and fight for myself like I never had the courage to do before. I found a courage and strength that I didn't even know existed, and I turned it around. I realized I was NOT to blame for what he did to me, and I also realized that what he did, what he allowed others to do to me, did not define me at all. It wasn't overnight, but I was finally able to look in the mirror, and not hate what I saw staring back at me. I had an amazing therapist, I found the Joyful Heart Foundation, and seeing all these other people coming forward with the "No More" campaign, I found my voice again. I am so grateful, to Mariska, The JHF, My Therapist, and all of the other people out there, who have inspired me to continue my fight, when there was a time that I thought there was no way possible I could get through this. I'm 29 now, and while I'm not exactly where I want to be, I know that one day I will be, and if you find yourself in that position too, don't give up. There's hope and healing, and I promise you, you're not alone.

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Inspired

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

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