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Law and Order

Happy New Year To All!  I sure hope you all had a joyful Christmas season.  It is so great just knowing that Christ is our joy, the source of joy, even when so often and for some it is never felt.

I must confess that I am not a big TV watcher and have never watched the show Law and Order.  A friend sent me a link to a show Katie Couric was doing last week on the subject of SV (sexual violence).  So, I watched it and was blown away. Mariska Hargitay, her husband, and other staff are really doing some great things.  They also said soooo much that I have in my book that is was like listening to myself:

“Emmy Award winner Mariska Hargitay stars as Olivia Benson, a dedicated and emotionally driven detective on Wolf Films/Universal Television’s ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ now in its 15th season.”

Apparently she and her husband who is writer for the show have been changed by the crimes that, though technically fictional, actually do occur.  Consider what she is doing for survivors:

“It’s gratifying to play such a complex character. Olivia is not only an accomplished, street-smart cop, she’s also an empathetic woman who can respond emotionally to victims of terrible crimes without compromising her professionalism,” says Hargitay.
Committed to ending violence and abuse and caring for those who have survived it, Hargitay spends as much time offscreen dealing with these crimes as she does on set as Detective Olivia Benson. Inspired by her role on ‘SVU,” Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission is to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse and to shed light on the darkness that surrounds these issues. Since its inception in 2004, Joyful Heart has directly served over 13,500 individuals through its unique Healing & Wellness programs; connected over 1.5 million individuals through its website, blogs and social media efforts to resources and life-saving help; secured more than one billion impressions in digital and print media about the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse; and effected policy changes in jurisdictions from New York to California. “Joyful Heart is about the courage to heal, and our programming is dedicated to honoring that brave decision,’ explains Hargitay.
By working with the medical community, the criminal justice system and law enforcement through Joyful Heart, Hargitay has used her voice to bring attention, funding and new legislation to critical issues facing sexual and family violence survivors. She testified before Congress urging lawmakers to address the backlog of untested rape kits in the U.S. and launched, the first website dedicated to addressing this issue. Hargitay recently made her directorial debut with a groundbreaking celebrity-driven PSA campaign for NO MORE (, the nation’s first unifying symbol to end domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Amazing.  Wonderful.

The one Grrrrreat passion I have though is that they called them victims.  Victims are dead.  Survivors are alive and can heal and become more than they ever would have imagined….turning evil into good.  I long to see our faith communities take the leadership on this issue as it

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