Mariska Hargitay is back with her costar Christopher Meloni. And she is also endorsing a backlog of Detroit rape kits in order to prosecute sex offenders who had gone scot-free.
Mariska Hargitay played a female detective alongside her costar Christopher Meloni on Law & Order: SVU. The audience considered the two as their darlings and secretly harbored a wish for them to be romantically involved. But it never came to be.
Although there was great chemistry on set and they maintained a sort of professional friendship there were no signs of flirting. Recently, Hargitay took a selfie of her and Christopher which she labeled “look who I found”. The picture ended up on Instagram.
In another selfie the image is blurred since the two were giggling so much. But there is a serious side to Mariska too. She is the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation which provides succor to domestic abuse victims, sexual assault survivors and those who have suffered child abuse.
A documentary is in the making on the backlog of rape kits in Detroit. There are over 10,000 such kits that are still untested. Hargitay has teamed up with prosecutor Kym Worthy to process those thousands of rape kits and thereby bring the rapists to justice.
Even President Obama is setting aside $35 million for this express purpose. Hargitay spoke of how these people who had suffered sexual assault or abuse were sites of crime. Their bodies were suffering from the infliction of criminal acts by violators of their privacy. And they included men and women.
Each kit costs close to $1500 to process. Though the amount in cash it’ll cost to get to the real perpetrators of the crimes is monumental, it will have been worth it. And then some of the kits are older than a generation and so it will be difficult to trace the offenders. Whatever the case, there is no harm in making an effort that might bear fruit in the end.