Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Embargoed

Law and Order SVU covers the Congo

 

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT TAKES ON VIOLENCE IN THE CONGO?

 

Powerful Episode “Witness” Premiered Wednesday, March 17, 10:00p.m. ET/PT --
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit aired a very special episode of the series that shed light on the violence towards women and children of the Congo. “Witness” premiered Wednesday, March 17 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC.

 

 

 

Mariska Hargitay Read "How We Can All Help Women in the Congo," the Huffington Post op-ed co-authored by Law & Order SVU's Mariska Hargitay and Enough's John Prendergast.

"The rampant rape of women and girls in Congo is one of the most despicable human rights violations occurring in the world today,” said Executive Producer Neal Baer. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit brings one woman's inspiring story of survival to audiences who may not be familiar with the plight of millions of victims who are struggling every day to survive unbearable brutality."

In “Witness,” a woman is raped, and the only eyewitness disappears for fear of being deported to her home country, where women are routinely raped and mistreated. In order to get justice for their victim, the SVU squad must fight to protect their witness as well.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios and airs Wednesdays at 10:00pm p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Dick Wolf, Ted Kotcheff, Neal Baer and Peter Jankowski are executive producers; Arthur Forney, Dawn DeNoon, Jonathan Greene and Amanda Green, Daniel Truly, Peter Leto and David Platt are co-executive producers.

Read more about the episode from our special partner, Take Part, as well as from this post from activist Sylvie Maunga Mbanga on violence against women in Congo from NBC's Law & Order: SVU production blog, and listen to this interview with SVU executive producer Neal Baer from PRI's The World.