Olivia Benson, the most influential woman of my early adulthood, telling you what’s up.
idk i tried to scroll past this but it’s too perfect
if you don’t love benson you’re wrong
This is why I watched SVU as a young girl. “You like that show? You want to watch sexual assault and murder shows? What’s wrong with you?”
To every member of my family who made me question my morality for watching SVU obsessively as a young teenager, I would like to deliver an articulate, educated, rather large Fuck You.
This show told the truth.
Rape culture, sexism, stereotypes, gender roles, this show helped me grapple with reality, as bitter and twisted as it is, and realize that there is hope.
This show made me into an advocate for women’s rights, body autonomy, gender equality.
This show said “Men can be raped too.” “It doesn’t matter what she/he was wearing” “It doesn’t matter how she/he acted.” “Rape is wrong, no matter what, or who, how, or why, where, or when, consent must be given or it is rape.”
This show taught me how prevalent a problem rape is in our society.
And more than that, this show actively tried to help rape victims. Mariska Hargitay, shown here (Olivia Benson) started the Joyful Heart Foundation as a result of what working on this show taught her.
In her words: “It all started for me when I began my work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In my research for the role,I encountered some statistics that shocked me. I was also getting letters from viewers who were disclosing their stories of abuse to me. Normally, I’d get letters saying “Hi, can I please have an autographed picture”, but now it was different: “I’m fifteen and my dad has been raping me since I was eleven and I’ve never told anyone.”
I remember my breath going out of me when the first letter came, and I’ve gotten thousands like it since then.
That these individuals would reveal something so intensely personal—often for the very first time—to someone they knew only as a character on television demonstrated to me how desperate they were to be heard, believed, supported, and healed.”
Thank you, SVU, especially Mariska, for helping survivors of sexual assault heal their minds, bodies and spirits and reclaim their lives. Thank you for teaching me, and many others, that rape is a reality in our world, that every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted, that one out of three women in the united states will be sexually assaulted by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Thank you for showing the world stories of pain and healing, giving hope to survivors, giving a hero to victims, and educating a generation.