Mariska Hargitay To Make Documentary About Untested Rape Kits?
Page Six reports that Mariska Hargitay is preparing to make a documentary about the national backlog of untested rape kits. She was apparently spotted at a restaurant in East Hampton saying that she has joined the campaign for law enforcement to end the backlog of rape kits.
Hargitay wrote about the issue for the Huffington Post back in June:
Simply put, the backlog allows rapists to get away with their crimes and, in many cases, to rape again. We cannot know the exact size of the backlog because few jurisdictions count or track their untested kits, but the federal government estimates that there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police and crime lab storage facilities throughout the United States.
Page Six's source overheard Hargitay talking about her documentary plans, saying shooting starts in two months, and that she's currently looking for a director.
I have to LOL about the fact that this is apparently overheard information, but that the quote Page Six attributes to Hargitaty is SO super specific. Like, was this source hiding a tape recorder under the table so he or she could get the wording of "When you don’t test a rape kit, it sends the message that’s it’s not a serious crime, and I’m beyond outraged" exactly right?
Still, I think it's a great, necessary topic for a documentary, as well as something I can totally see Hargitay doing (she's already a victim's rights advocate). I hope this documentary will soon be for real and is not just an unsubstantiated rumor from an overexcited fellow women's rights advocate.