Mariska Hargitay: Turning victims into survivors
To prepare for her role as a sex crimes detective on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay trained as a rape crisis advocate. "Since being on Law & Order, I've gotten thousands of emails from women disclosing their stories," she says. "Reading about the shame they experience opened my eyes."
Changing the world: the Joyful Heart Foundation
In the six years since it started, the Joyful Heart Foundation has sent more than 5,000 women and children on therapeutic programs which combine yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, even swimming with dolphins. "If something terrible has happened to you, you can find your way back to a life of hope and possibility," says Mariska Hargitay.
What Mariska Hargitay wants you to know:
This year, 1.3 million women will be assaulted by a partner. "It takes courage to ask, but there is help: 24 hours a day at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) or National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673)."
BONUS: More from Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay.