Friends of Mariska Hargitay teamed up for a new series of sexual assualt PSAs for her Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization committed to "transforming society's response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse."
The 15 to 30 second clips feature celebrities, including former Law and Order: SVU co-star Chris Meloni, Quantico actor Blair Underwood, The OC star Tate Donovan, musician/actor Nick Lachey, Broadway's Andrew Rannells, and others reciting some of the most commonly used defenses that enforce societal norms about sexual assault.
It reads: "This campaign, and the men who gave their time and voice, gives me hope: hope that men will join us, and become an active part of the movement to address, prevent and--one day--end this violence. Hope that men will no longer be silent--in speech and in action-- about the violence and abuse that other men perpetrate."
By featuring male actors, the campaign is enlisting those who look up to these men to change the ways they think about sexual assault. It's not just "a women's issue," says actor Andre Braugher.