Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order SVU) will be the keynote speaker at the 35th anniversary luncheon for Day One , which was originally founded in 1973 as the Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center. This event will take place at the Westin Providence, Providence, RI, on Nov. 13.
The Day One web site says that Mariska “is a tireless advocate for victims of sexual abuse. Ms. Hargitay says that her inspiration for her character on "SVU" comes from the thousands of victims of sexual assault who don't have a voice and need to be heard, and the people who have dedicated their lives to helping these victims. Her work on SVU prompted her to become involved with several rape crisis centers as well as founding her own foundation called the Joyful Heart Foundation to assist real life survivors of sexual abuse. Ms. Hargitay's support for Children's Advocacy Centers was featured in the April 2008 edition of Redbook magazine.”
Additional information can be found on the web site for Day One.