On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden will be co-hosting a Law and Order: SVU marathon on USA Network with star Mariska Hargitay in order to raise awareness regarding domestic violence. The marathon will include public service announcements about domestic violence and sexual assault, according to Jezebel.com, connected with the White House’s new public relations campaign, "1 is 2 Many," on the issues.
The marathon will run for 14 hours, and is designed to mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the NO MORE Campaign will partner with Biden on the project.
Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault, much work remains. Society continues to misplace blame and shame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. I am so profoundly grateful to the vice president, who continues to use his voice — and office — to speak boldly about these issues and stand up for survivors.
Biden and Hargitay go way back – in 2013, they took a selfie together before doing a news conference on domestic violence, which Biden then tweeted. Hargitay similarly tweeted her photo op with the VP.
Biden has already played a major role in the WH's “1 is 2 Many” campaign, giving a big speech in April promoting the campaign and personally helping to get A-list celebrities like Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill involved in the PSAs.
"College and Universities can no longer turn a blind eye and pretend rape and sexual assault doesn't occur on their campuses," said Biden at the speech as he announced the newest PSA. He also made clear that he called the celebs involved himself. "I'm not used to making calls to big old movie stars," Biden said. "But I called them. And every one of them said immediately, 'What can I do?'"
Everyone in their right mind opposes sexual assault and domestic violence, of course. Partner-on-partner domestic violence has decreased 64% over the past twenty years.