Why The Joyful Heart Foundation Rocks


The Joyful Heart Foundation envisions a community where child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence does not exist. There goal is “to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues”. This foundation was founded by Mariska Hargitay, who is best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which is a TV drama that loosely references situations pertaining to the above crimes. Hargitay became more aware of these issues while on the show and wanted to help make a difference with this foundation. I think this is a great way to raise awareness of these issues because it is very informative, and it tries to get audiences involved in many ways, such as donating, volunteering, sharing stories, and signing up to be apart of the foundation.


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