See Who Made Us' List of Stars Who Care

Mariska Hargitay

Shortly after Law & Order: SVU debuted, Hargitay says she started "receiving letters that said 'I'm 17, and my father's been raping me since I was 12.'" The mail convinced her to start the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to help heal, educate and empower survivors of abuse and sexual assault.

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