When these women wrote to me I realized that their identification with Olivia Benson was so powerful that I had to honor their bravery for sharing their stories. I felt that it was a privilege to do whatever I could to help them heal. I educated myself and trained to become a rape counselor and hired different rape crisis counselors to help me respond to these letters and e-mails. I’m all about prevention, teaching young women to focus on our greatest attribute as women: our intuition. In my opinion, it’s about empowering girls, giving them confidence to take their power back.
The backlog of rape kits has put justice on hold for a lot of people. Back in 2009, more than 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Some were more than 25 years old.
Mariska Hargitay speaks on some of the issues surrounding the rape kit backlog in Detroit, Michigan. #endthebacklog (x)