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Joe Biden Will Appear On 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics

Coming soon to your television set (or later to your Netflix binge): Vice President Joe Biden. He’ll tape an appearance Friday on “Law & Order: S...

Every rape kit booked into evidence in Hawaii should be tested by police

Kata Issari | Posted 04.12.2016 | Hawaii
Kata Issari

The following op-ed originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, April 10, 2016, co-written with Natasha Alexenko: In 1993, Natasha...

It's Not 'Just a Women's Issue.' Men Are Survivors Too.

Maile Zambuto | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Maile Zambuto

The beliefs--that boys and men can't be sexually used or abused--are woven deeply into our collective consciousness. The myth that males don't experience sexual or domestic violence is central to cultural ideals of masculinity that focus on physical strength and sexual desire.

20 Things You Should Never Say To A Male Sexual Assault Survivor

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.04.2016 | Women

“What kind of a man would let that happen to him?” “Why didn’t he fight back?” “That doesn’t happen to guys.” A new PSA called "No Mor...

How Many Of The Hundreds of Thousands Of Untested Rape Kits In The US Are In Your City?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Seventeen states have introduced measures addressing backlogs. What about the others? Has your state or city take any action? Does your police department even know how many untested kits exist?

Mariska Hargitay and Amy Poehler Say NO MORE To Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Women

"We're never going to fix it." Such is just one of dozens of damaging excuses, defenses and condemnations evoked when discussing sexual assault. Bu...

Did Mariska Hargitay Help Catch A Real-Life Rapist?

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 03.11.2014 | TV

It's no news that "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay fights for survivors of sexual assault in real life. The Joyful Heart Foundation, which she...

At Last! A National PSA Campaign to End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Anna Kegler | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Anna Kegler

Organizations are joining forces to create a nationwide (nationwide!) PSA campaign to address domestic violence and sexual assault. This is no blip on the map -- it's the real deal. It's actually happening.

Wayne County Must Put Safety of Its Communities First

Sarah Tofte | Posted 08.07.2013 | Detroit
Sarah Tofte

Every other week, I sit in meetings with our team in Detroit, and hear about the incredible investigative leads we are gathering from rape kit testing, and the enthusiasm of the police and prosecutors to pursue those leads. The only thing stopping them is the money they need to do their jobs.


Mariska Hargitay | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Mariska Hargitay

Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, including the recent passage of a more inclusive Violence Against Women Act, much work remains to be done.

Join Me in Supporting Survivors of Child Abuse With a Simple Act of Kindness

Mariska Hargitay | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Mariska Hargitay

We all have a role to play in supporting survivors and preventing abuse. Now through October 2nd, I am asking people everywhere to commit to support a parent or caregiver by offering a helping hand, preparing a meal together or simply asking how they're doing.

Violence Against Women Act Helps Restore Lives

Mariska Hargitay | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Mariska Hargitay

VAWA has protected, improved and restored lives. Reauthorization sends the message that our communities, our families -- and all people -- must be safe; that survivors must have the tools to heal and reclaim their lives; and that breaking the cycle of violence is an unassailable national priority.

Steve Mnuchin, Meet Rose Gudiel

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Peter Dreier

Gudiel would like Mnuchin to visit her at her home, because his OneWest Bank is trying to evict her and her family. If Mnuchin won't come to visit Gudiel, she will visit him, and bring some of her neighbors and friends with her.