It is with great pride and excitement that we share an update with you around our efforts to end the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the United States.
ENDTHEBACKLOG.org, Joyful Heart's website devoted to shining a light on and ending this injustice, has been nominated for a Webby Award for Best Activism website. With over 12,000 nominations received from around the world, being recognized in the Webby Awards is one of the most prestigious honors a website can achieve. But more importantly, it is an incredible opportunity to raise even more awareness and activism to #ENDTHEBACKLOG and bring healing and justice to survivors of sexual assault.
How can you help? Vote for ENDTHEBACKLOG.org as the People’s Voice winner. The Webby’s makes it easy to cast your vote and share it with your community. So please, cast your vote today.
We also invite you to explore the website. Tens of thousands of visitors have already joined us. We’ve helped generate media coverage about the backlog from coast to coast. Thousands of letters to legislators across the country have been sent through our site, and lawmakers are listening to our calls for reform. Since we relaunched the ENDTHEBACKLOG.org last fall, 9 states, an unprecedented number, have introduced reforms to address their backlogs. The federal government has proposed a $35 million program—the most significant federal support yet—to provide communities across the country with resources to create multi-disciplinary teams to investigate and prosecute cases and address the need for victim notification and re-engagement with the criminal justice system.
We thank you for your continued activism, and for your vote in support of our Webby nomination. Cast your vote today by clicking here.
- April 16th, 2014
ENDTHEBACKLOG is a program 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.