Mariska Hargitay PSAs Gets A Hand From Hollywood

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    Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC's "Law & Order:SVU"
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
September 25, 2013|10:56 am

Mariska Hargitay is at the helm of a new public service announcement about domestic violence and sexual assault and the actress has recruited other Hollywood A-listers to help out.

Educating viewers and raising awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, Hargitay's campaign features the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as well as Courtney Cox, Amy Poehler and Debra Messing, among many others.

The "No More" campaign is Hargitay's latest effort on behalf of the Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded in 2004.

"This is an epidemic that is afflicting out society and I believe that it is an epidemic we can change," Hargitay said in one of the clips. "For the first time in history, the domestic violence and the sexual assault movements, the two communities, are coming together with this symbol."

Blythe Danner, Tate Donovan and Hargitay's "Law & Order" co-star Ice-T also appear in the PSA.

It is Hargitay's hope that the PSAs will help encourage bystanders to help victims and raise awareness for the cause behind the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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"It's to this movement what the pink ribbon was to breast cancer, what the red ribbon did for HIV/AIDS, it got people together, under one umbrella, talking about it," Hargitay explained.

"The shame and stigma belongs with the perpetrator," she added. "Let's not stand by it; let's not accept it anymore. No More."

Watch Hargitay's PSA and the numerous actors on YouTube here.

After taking on the role of Detective Olivia Benson on "Law and Order" fourteen years ago, Hargitay realized her passion for helping those who were affected violence and assault.

"The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues," the website reads.

The public service announcements as well as the Joyful Heart Foundation serve to promote healing and wellness, raise education and awareness, and spread policy and advocacy- the three-part mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation.

 

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