Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay testified today on Capitol Hill before the new Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence about the national rape kit backlog.
Chaired by U.S. Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and David Joyce (R-OH), the Task Force to End Sexual Violence unites a diverse group of members of Congress to advocate for legislation that supports victims and their families, educates communities to prevent violence, and implements solutions to end sexual assault. The Task Force has a broad focus, and we are heartened by their choice to dedicate their very first briefing hearing to this issue.
"By elevating this issue, you are sending a powerful message to survivors of sexual assault that they matter—and their cases matter."
Mariska Hargitay, June 16, 2017
The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.
END THE BACKLOG is an initiative of the Joyful Heart Foundation to shine a light on the backlog of untested rape kits throughout the United States. Our goal is to end this injustice by conducting groundbreaking research identifying the extent of the nation’s backlog and best practices for eliminating it, expanding the national dialogue on rape kit testing through increased public awareness, engaging communities and government agencies and officials and advocating for comprehensive rape kit reform legislation and policies at the local, state and federal levels. We urge you to learn more about the backlog, where it exists and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support efforts to test rape kits. Help us send the message that we must take rape seriously.