Mariska Hargitay set to produce documentary in Detroit on rape kit backlog

Production set to begin this week

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DETROIT - "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay is producing a documentary set in Detroit on the rape kit backlog.

The documentary, titled "Shelved," is set to begin production this week.

Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Monday during a press conference to discuss proposed legislation that would speed up sexual assault kit testing today.

"I'm here in Detroit because I think we have such an awesome opportunity … this is unprecedented territory we're going into," Hargitay said.

More than 11,000 untested kits dating back 25 years were found in 2009 in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. The kits contain documentation, supplies for technicians, swabs and other items to collect samples.

Worthy has been pushing for more funding to process the backlog of kits.

Hargitay, who founded The Joyful Heart Foundation to help survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, will use the organization to serve as a social action partner, counsel and beneficiary on the film.

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