If you've ever obsessed over Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, like so many of us have (Don't lie!), then you're familiar with the basic cable station USA Network. The NBCUniversal channel is a frequent home (along with its original programming) to binge-worthy marathons of the NBC police drama that can cost viewers a good chunk of (if not most of) an entire day. And the next big run of SVU episodes will be used to do some good...as opposed to keeping you from leaving the couch.
Starting at noon on Sunday, Aug. 30, USA will air a 12-hour block of Law & Order: SVU aimed at raising awareness on how viewers can help end domestic violence and sexual assault. According to info provide exclusively to Enstars, the marathon, which is in partnership with the NO MORE campaign and SVU star Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, will feature episodes dealing with issues ranging from domestic violence to child sexual abuse, with messages and PSAs from USA Network stars and the SVU cast members running between them.
Stars from USA shows Suits (Gina Torres, Patrick J. Adams and Sarah Rafferty), Graceland (Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata), Royal Pains (Mark Feuerstein), Mr. Robot (Rami Malek), as well as pro-wrestler John Cena, will all be making appearances between episodes to call for an end to domestic abuse and sexual assault. Fans can also expect to hear from current and former SVU cast members, including Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Raul Esparza, Kelli Giddish Danny Pino, Peter Scanavino and Ice-T via similar messages.
USA will also be providing information and resources throughout the afternoon and evening, including directing viewers on how to call and speak with trained counselors and advocates. Meanwhile, a simultaneous social media campaign will also be underway, under the hashtag #NOMOREexcuses, encouraging a conversation on how prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
"It's been a great privilege being a leading partner in NO MORE from the beginning," SVU star and Joyful Heart founder Mariska Hargitay, said in a statement to Enstars. "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."
So remember to tune to USA this Sunday at noon, to get your SVU fix AND help support a really great cause. To help hold you over until then, enjoy this video interview with Hargitay as she explains how her character adapts to being a mother.