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Mariska Hargitay Stars in PSAs to Fight Sexual Violence

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Mariska Hargitay and her fellow “Law & Order” co-stars, as well as actress, Amy Poehler, have teamed up to say “NO MORE” to victim blaming and myths surrounding sexual violence.

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Through her non-profit organization, The Joyful Heart Foundation, Hargitay partnered with No More, a group that draws attention to the work of sexual assault prevention groups, to spearhead this campaign. The series of PSAs challenges common assumptions made about victims of sexual violence, from victim-blaming to gender bias. While the No More campaign launched last year, it was recently updated to include male victims of sexual violence.

“Being part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege,” Hargitay explained in a statement released on Friday. “Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. By confronting the myths and excuses we rely on to avoid ending domestic violence and sexual assault, NO MORE fills me with confidence and renewed determination that we will put an end to the violence.”

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Hargitay’s own non-profit organization specifically advocates for policies to address domestic violence and sexual assault. A major target has been addressing the immense backlog of rape kits across the country. Hargitay recently partnered with law enforcement officials in Detroit to process over 1,000 previously untested rape kits, an effort that helped identify 100 serial rapists.

“Rape culture” is the normalization of sexual violence in a society. To further understand what rape culture is (and its prevalence in American society), refer to this Buzzfeed article, “What Is Rape Culture?” and this list of 25 everyday examples of rape culture from Everyday Feminism.

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