#wcw my angel
Don’t mess with Benson. (Mariska looks fierce, too!)
Finally I’m starting to have Smarch withdrawals
(Photo credit: Stephanie March via Instagram)
"When I started playing Detective Olivia Benson, I began to get a lot of letters from viewers. I had gotten fan mail before, but these letters were different. They were coming from individuals who were disclosing histories of violence and abuse - a lot of them for the first time. I knew I had to do something, so I trained to become a rape crisis counselor, I joined Boards, I got involved. I was proud to be on a show that was brave enough to go into territory that no one was talking about, but I also knew I wanted to do more and play a larger role to help survivors heal and reclaim their lives. In 2004 I created the Joyful Heart Foundation with the mission to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light on the darkness surrounding these issues. I’m very proud to report that since we began, we’ve provided direct services to over 5,400 people, and that we’re determined to change the conversation about violence and abuse.” - Mariska Hargitay
My favorite thing about Benson? I think my favorite thing is that she’s a lioness … she’s a mama bear. She will protect you at all costs. It’s not that she doesn’t have fear, it’s that she feels the fear and does it anyway.
Don’t we all need an Olivia Benson in our lives?
I can’t fight for myself. I can only fight for other people.