Newest Charity Partner! Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation #stronglikeagirl
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 01:48PM
Girl Reinvented

Hope. Courage. Freedom. Fearlessness. All things are possible with an open heart—and a joyful heart.

— Mariska Hargitay, Founder & President

When you think of Mariska Hargitay, of course her beloved character, Olivia Benson of Law & Order Special Victims' Unit, immediately comes to mind. But what truly defines and inspires Mariska, more than anything, is being a voice for survivors.

It was her role as Olivia, and everything she did to prepare, as well as the content of the scripts, that opened her eyes to the staggering statistics about sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse in the United States. She received hundreds, then thousands of letters and emails from survivors disclosing their stories of abuse, many for the first time. She wanted to answer those letters, to address the suffering and isolation they described, and honor the acts of courage they represented.

Her response was Joyful Heart. Inspired by her deep connection and love for ‘Hawai‘i, Mariska founded Joyful Heart in Kona in 2004 to help sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives. Today, Joyful Heart is a leading national organization with a mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.

Girl Reinvented® is privileged and grateful to partner with the Joyful Heart Foundation to help raise awareness and much needed funds for such an important cause. Mariska has been on the front lines of #metoo long before ME TOO existed. Thank you, Mariska, for being a pioneer. 

JHF CharityRaggs (dish towels) & Hemp Tote Bags, as well as so many other wonderful (charitable) products, are available online through the JOYFUL HEART FOUNDATION HEARTSHOP:



Diana Kuen 

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