Amy Poehler's PSA for No More. Image via Bustle.com
Amy Poehler has joined a celebrity driven campaign that aims to put a stop to rape-culture by dispelling the common myths that surround rape and sexual abuse.
The No More group works with various high profile groups to highlight the work of sexual assault prevention groups, and to attend sexual and domestic abuse. For the PSA the group has paired up with actor Mariska Hargitay's, who plays a detective on the rape-crime driven Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joyful Heart Foundation which works to challenge the stereotypes surrounding sexual assault, gender and victim blaming, as well as working on ending America’s rape kit backlog.
Hargitay said in a statement about the collaboration,
Mariska Hargitay's PSA for No More. Image via Bustle.com
“Being part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege. Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. By confronting the myths and excuses we rely on to avoid ending domestic violence and sexual assault, NO MORE fills me with confidence and renewed determination that we will put an end to the violence.”
Amy Poehler and Mariska Hargitay are joined by other celebrities in the series of PSA which debunks the common stereotypes that typically surround the reporting and understanding of sexual abuse and rape - the things that contribute to a rape culture. Such as"she was asking for it" and "she was drunk." The group recently added in messages about male rape with some of Hargitay's Law and Order colleagues appearing in advertisements with messages such as "that doesn't happen to guys".
Given that an op-ed was published in Time magazine this month saying that the "rape-culture hysteria" must end, it appears that there is a long way to go when it comes to the way we treat the victims of rape and sexual assault, but the work of Hargitay, Amy Poehler and other celebrities using their power for good is a step in the right direction.