Saturday, July 7, 2012

You Don't Always Get Law and Order-Unless You Have Cable and Kym Worthy on Your Side

I have a confession. I will sit and watch hours of a Law and Order: SVU marathon. It's ok. You can admit you do it too. I love Ice-T's smug remarks. Mariska Hargitay is a beautiful, strong chick. And Christopher Meloni-yep. He could specially victimize me with his unit anytime.......
And this year I got to work for one glorious day on the show! I even got to do a scene with Captain Cragen and one with Mariska Hargitay. She slapped me on the butt in between takes. It was amazing.
That's me in a scene yelling at Cpt. Cragen on SVU!
 Even though Law and Order: SVU and its heinous sex crimes always reminds us that they are "ripped from the headlines," it's often hard to think of the real men and women of the law who work this job and help these victims-probably because the actors on the show do such a great job completely solving these crimes in an hour long episode.
But violent acts against women don't always meet the tidy resolution that they do at the hands of Benson and Stabler and ADA Novak.
In Detroit, Michigan, prosecuter Kym Worthy is leading a charge to get the 11,000 police rape kits sitting in storage for years—which contain swabs of semen, saliva, and other evidence—tested for DNA. She's also working to help other cities do the same.
But why are all these rape kits just sitting around after the victims come forward and agree to do the three-hour or more rape kit exam? Part of the reason for the clog is the price of testing the kits. Each kit can cost an average of $1,200 to $1,500, as technicians need to extract and separate DNA from two people—the victim and the assailant—from a swab. I guess it's just TV magic that Stabler and Benson just walk into a lab and get DNA from the hair on the tape and the semen on the toilet seat after the commercial break following the rape.
Kym Worthy's efforts in her search for justice and closure for women are valiant and impressive. And her passion is most certainly personal as she herself was a victim of a rape.
The gang at Law and Order: SVU would be proud of Kym Worthy. Perhaps they should make her a character. Rip Kym Worthy from the headlines Dick Wolf!
In the meantime, while we are waiting for the next marathon of SVU to bring their swift justice, here's a great video of an actress playing every coveted NYC actor part on SVU in search of blood, hair, semen.

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