Actress Hargitay Supports Detroit Rape Kit Project

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DETROIT (AP) -- Actress Mariska Hargitay and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy have announced state legislation aimed at stopping serial rapists by better identifying and arresting suspects in sexual assault cases.

The star from NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on Monday said her Joyful Heart Foundation stands with Worthy in her efforts to have thousands of backlogged rape kits tested.

The foundation works with authorities on eliminating the testing backlog.

Worthy's office says the Sexual Assault Kit Evidence Submission Act legislation is expected to be introduced this month in Lansing. It seeks more timely analysis and testing of evidence contained in rape kits and allows for input from victims.

In 2009, more than 11,000 sexual assault kits were found in a Detroit police storage facility.

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