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Source:  Self

On “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” Mariska Hargitay as character Lieutenant Olivia Benson works tirelessly to get justice for the sexual assault and rape survivors who enter Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit.

In real life, Hargitay, through her Joyful Heart Foundation, also fights for survivors by bringing attention to the hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police evidence rooms across the country.

Hargitay both produced and appears in the upcoming HBO documentary “I Am Evidence,” which aims to take a closer look at the problem of nearly 175,000 untested rape kits that have been uncovered throughout the country, according to End the Backlog.

By focusing on both victims’ accounts and the work of people like Kym Worthy, a Michigan county prosecutor who has pledged to test each of Detroit’s 11,000 rape kits, the documentary hopes to combat this endemic problem.

Read the story at Self.

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