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He manages Prevent Connect, the nation’s leading online community to advance primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence.

She provides technical assistance and training to rape crisis centers and collaboration partners on issues of trauma-informed strategies, collaborative models, and advocacy. Austin graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Women’s Studies and English.

She received her law degree from the University of Southern California; Gould School of Law.

Danielle Tudor is a survivor and advocate from Oklahoma who has worked on rape kit reform legislation across multiple states.

Here, Danielle shares her experience collaborating with stakeholders and elected officials, and, as a member of the task force, her hopes for further reform.

Sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse are inextricably linked.

While Joyful Heart’s top policy priority is ending the backlog of untested rape kits, we frame this work to achieve our broader mission: ending this violence forever.

In 2011, she started Natasha’s Justice Project, a nonprofit dedicated to processing the untested sexual assault kits in the United States.

Here, she reflects on being a survivor during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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.

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we explore the overlap between domestic violence and sexual assault, and how efforts to end the backlog have brought to light the prevalence of this overlap.