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What with Justin Bieber shirtlessly harassing women, Lena Dunham making molestation jokes, and Miley Cyrus exploiting little people and black women for the sake of shock value, it sure is nice to hear about a celebrity using her notoriety to make a positive impact. Mariska Hargitay, who’s best known for catching rapists on Law & Order: SVU, has been getting attention recently for… catching rapists. IRL.

Hargitay is currently producing a documentary, Shelved, about untested rape kits, and the disturbing politics that keep many rape victims from seeing justice. In a powerful video available through USA Today, Hargitay discusses her mission:

Our hope is that this film will shine a light on the rape kit backlog and demand that we collectively account for this dark mark in our history, and take steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Every day in the United States, women and men take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. And because of what those individuals have suffered, their bodies are crime scenes.

Wow. That’s such a distressingly accurate way to describe sexual assault. She goes on to expose exactly how important it is that people who receive rape kits get the chance to see closure:

They’re living, breathing, feeling crime scenes from which doctors and nurses collect evidence in a sexual assault collection kit, better known as a rape kit. This process typically takes between four and six hours. Now, one would assume that if somebody endures a four- to six-hour invasive exam, that the evidence would be handled with care and immediately tested. And when they are handled that way, and they are tested, rape kit evidence is probably the most powerful crime-solving tool that we have. The bottom line is that a rape kit can bring justice. And justice, for so many survivors, can bring healing.

I’m thrilled that Hargitay is using her celebrity to achieve such an important goal. This work is invaluable, and I hope that her documentary receives the attention it deserves.

Via The Cut / Photo: Getty images