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Biden, ‘Law and Order’ star team up to prevent sexual assaults

Americans binge watching 14 hours of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” later this month will be joined by a special guest: Vice President Biden.

The vice president is taping a series of anti-sexual assault public service announcements with the show’s star, Mariska Hargitay, that will appear during a marathon airing Oct. 19 on the USA Network.

{mosads}The PSAs will encourage viewers to help intervene to prevent sexual assaults and coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

“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,” said Hargitay in a statement.

“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,“ she added.

Last month, the vice president and President Obama announced a new campaign, dubbed “It’s On Us,” that encourages college students to do more to prevent campus sexual assaults.

Major media companies, including MTV and video game maker Electronic Arts are also promoting the initiative on their social media platforms. The NCAA will air advertisements for the initiative during championship sporting events.

“As far as we’ve come, the fact is from sport leagues to pop culture to politics, our society does not sufficiently value women,” Obama said at the time. “We still don’t condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should.”

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