Yesterday, USA ran a Law & Order marathon to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, hosted by the star of Law & Order Special Victims’ Unit, Mariska Hargitay. It is always heartening to see a major network like USA give organizations like NO MORE and The Joyful Foundation a public forum to raise awareness and to help refute the culture of shame and secrecy that still surrounds abuse.
“I am grateful to USA for their courage, vision and generosity in joining us to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Mariska Hargitay. “Being part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege. Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors – both women and men. That has to end. NO MORE confronts the myths and excuses that perpetuate domestic violence and sexual assault. I am filled with confidence and renewed determination that, together, we can and will put an end to this violence.”
The episodes covered everything from sexual assault in the military, teen dating violence, and child sexual abuse. In between episodes, viewers were given facts, statistics, and most importantly, the links and phone numbers to the domestic abuse hotlines. Hopefully, the messages and resources reached at least one person who needed it.
Abuse is so prevalent that statistically, everyone knows someone who is being abused. But because of the shame and secrecy that surrounds it, abuse often goes unreported and unredressed. It is a terrible secret that stands right out in the open.
So kudos to Hargitay, USA, and all the other men and women who organized this marathon for shedding light on the problem.
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