Mariska Hargitay is hands down my favorite actress on TV.
The 56-year-old star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit doesn’t just take protecting victims of sexual abuse seriously on TV; it turns out it’s something she’s very passionate about offscreen as well.
She started the Joyful Heart Foundation with a mission to, “transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.”
Instagram; Mariska smiles in the above photo while wearing a “love” necklace
On the foundation’s website, it says, “When Mariska Hargitay started playing Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims’ Unit, the content of the scripts, as well as the work she did to prepare for the role, 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—really answer—those letters, to address the suffering they described, and honor acts of courage they represented.”
Instagram; Mariska is pictured above on the set of SVU
Now, she’s taking a stand and calling out “victim-blaming tactics” from Harvey Weinstein’s defense team on social media.
It was just yesterday that Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree.
Taking to Twitter, Mariska said she felt “mixed emotions” over hearing the news about the trial.
“I join the survivor advocacy in having mixed emotions today,” Mariska started out one of her Tweets in saying.
“The Weinstein case represented some of the ugliest behavior I have seen in the criminal justice system.”
“In fact, I am still reeling after some of the victim-blaming tactics used by the defense.”
“But it also represented some of the very best within our society. Together with the many survivors who traveled to support them, #silencebreakers channeled the strength to arrive at the courtroom day after day.”
“They did this knowing that there were people — millions of people like you and me — standing behind them.”
“Join me in committing to making sure that survivors know that they are not alone. That we stand with them, today and every day.”
Twitter; pictured above are Mariska’s tweets
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