The VP is headed to SVU! Joe Biden will appear on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. The new gig was announced on Thursday, July 28.
“While in New York, the Vice President will tape an appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women,” the White House said in a statement, via Politico.
The show’s leading actress, Mariska Hargitay, actually voiced a video package about Biden ahead of his address at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.
.@VP Biden u have done so much 4 women, 4 survivors, 4 this movement 2 end violence #ThankU,” Hargitay, 52, tweeted at the time. “An honor to intro u tonight #ChangingTheCulture.”
Biden, 73, has fought to end violence against women for years. He introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to Congress as a senator in 1990. Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004, which hopes to also end sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
Biden notably denounced college rape culture during the Oscars in February. “We must and we can change the culture so that abused women or men like the survivors you will see tonight never feel they have to ask themselves, ‘What did I do?’ They did nothing wrong,” he said at the time.
Last month, he penned an open letter to the unidentified Stanford rape victim. Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to just six months in jail for sexually assaulting the woman on campus in January.
“I join your global chorus of supporters, because we can never say enough to survivors: I believe you. It is not your fault. What you endured is never, never, never, NEVER a woman’s fault. And while the justice system has spoken in your particular case, the nation is not satisfied,” he wrote. “I do not know your name — but I will never forget you. The millions who have been touched by your story will never forget you.”
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