Mariska Hargitay sheds light on the hundreds of thousands of rape sets that are untested in the United States.
On Wednesday, August 19, the actress became an activist, approving former Vice President Joe Biden as President during a speech at the virtual National Democratic Convention. Hargitay appeared alongside the CEO and President of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ruth Glenn and Sexual Assault Survivor Carly Dryden to campaign for leadership that believes it is worth it to fight for a woman's life.
"When I started researching to play Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU over 20 years ago," said Hargitay, "I was shocked to find out how many people, including children, were physical or experienced sexual abuse Statistics have fueled my determination, and I have committed myself to the movement to end this violence. "
Glenn called on Congress to "re-authorize and improve" the law against violence against women, which the then Senator Biden wrote and introduced in 1990. Hargitay said it was this dedication to the cause that inspired her to create the Joyful Heart Foundation, which aims to educate and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.