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When actress Mariska Hargitay started playing a sexual-assault detective on TV in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 1999, she began to get mail full of stories of personal abuse.

“She trained for the role at a rape-crisis shelter,” explains Kata Issari, 54, executive director of the Hawaii region of Joyful Heart Foundation, “and she was shocked at the statistics of sexual abuse and wondered why everyone wasn’t talking about these issues.”

Hargitay founded Joyful Heart in 2004 in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, a place she would visit for its spiritual healing power. “In fact, some of our initial JHF retreats replicated her experiences in Kailua-Kona – such as yoga, art therapy or time in nature,” according to Issari, herself a witness to domestic violence when she was a child.

Issari has worked in the field of sexual and domestic assault for nearly 35 years. When JHF relocated its Kona office to Honolulu in 2011, Issari became its first executive director, with a staff of five. The nonprofit also has a national presence in New York and L.A.

“What drew me to Joyful Heart was its inclusivity in addressing issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Many organizations will only work on one of those issues, yet the reality for victims is that they’re not just survivors of only one of those crimes.

“The other thing that excites me about Joyful Heart is it has a very holistic approach, paying attention to mind, body and spirit.”

Although the organization leaves most direct services to partner agencies, it does provide healing workshops to survivors, as well as to other healers who also suffer a form of trauma as part of their work supporting victims of violence.

JHF also engages in educational programs with nonprofit and government partners to end domestic abuse and sexual assault in the state, and it advocates with its partners to seek justice for survivors – specifically to end the backlog of untested rape kits.

And, Issari points out, JHF does not apply for government grants, but raises money only from private sources, so as not to compete for public funding with other nonprofits.
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Mariska tossed the coin at the Giants vs Cowboys game this evening for NO MORE day to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately the coin toss didn’t air on TV. So far, there is only one picture. Hopefully more will surface soon!


No More Day at the Giants Game
October 25, 2015

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On Sunday, October 25th, usa network is teaming with Mariska Hargitay, the Joyful Heart Foundation, the NO MORE campaign, and NFL players to host a special “Law & Order: SVU” NO MORE Excuses Marathon in commemoration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The marathon will feature 14 powerful episodes wrapped with newly filmed interstitials, PSAs and digital content throughout the day. The new interstitial campaign features Hargitay and NFL stars — including William Gay (Pittsburgh Steelers), Andrew Hawkins (Cleveland Browns), Mark Herzlich (New York Giants), Ben Watson (New Orleans Saints) and Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) – encouraging everyone to “get off the sidelines” to help stop domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I’m proud and heartened to stand with USA and NFL players to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Mariska Hargitay. “Being part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege. We must confront the myths and excuses surrounding-and perpetuating-domestic violence and sexual assault. Together, we can bring an end to this violence.”

During each episode of the 14-hour SVU marathon, viewers will be encouraged to take a pledge to get involved at NOMORE.org and seek additional information from national hotlines and other resources. Throughout the day, USA, Joyful Heart, and NO MORE also will use social media platforms to encourage conversation and inspire greater action to stop and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. People can follow and join the dialogue by using #NOMOREexcuses.

NO MORE is a public awareness campaign designed to engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to the new content broadcast during Sunday’s marathon, PSAs created by Y&R, produced by Joyful Heart, directed by Hargitay and featuring celebrities, public figures and athletes will air. These PSAs that highlight the myths and excuses that create misplaced blame on survivors and allow perpetrators to escape accountability will also air. The goal of all the NO MORE PSAs is to help normalize the conversation and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. By increasing visibility and fostering more dialogue, NO MORE seeks to change social norms, improve public policies, and generate more resources to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

USA has been a leading champion of the effort to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, teaming with Joyful Heart and NO MORE over a year ago to create the “NO MORE Excuses” SVU marathons. Throughout six marathons held since April 2014, more than 25 million viewers have tuned in and gotten critical information and support. The National Sexual Assault Hotline operated by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the National Domestic Violence Hotline and other NO MORE coalition partners have seen tremendous increases in calls and website traffic during each marathon. For example, during the April 2014 marathon, the National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a 106% increase in the number of people helped; the National Domestic Violence Hotline had a 21% increase in calls; 1in6.org experienced a 116.2% increase in web traffic and the NO MORE website received a 2,463% surge in traffic. In addition, the hashtags #sayNOMORE, #NOMORE and #NOMOREexcuses trended nationally during the marathon.

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Actress Mariska Hargitay speaks during a press conference at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in New York. During the event, Hargitay, along with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced almost $80 million in grants to help eliminate a vast nationwide backlog of rape kits.


Rape Kit Backlog Press Conference
September 10, 2015

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There have been fashion shows at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Short Hills Mall, private fundraising events in people’s homes and yearly women’s luncheons where guest speakers discuss relevant issues. In fact, Heller was thrilled to announce Rachel’s major 2015 fundraiser, to be held on October 18 of this year. In an event cosponsored by, and held at, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, the Rachel Coalition will be hosting “A Conversation with Mariska Hargitay.” Best known for her portrayal of Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s hit series “Law and Order: SVU,” Hargitay has merged her “reel” and “real” lives in her position as Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and sexual assault.

“A revolution always begins from within. This one begins when you decide how you will hold the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse within you, and how you live out that decision,” said Hargitay on the Foundation’s website.

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