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Mariska Hargitay Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent

Mariska Hargitay has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

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The actress — best known for role as Lieutenant Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: SVU” — said she thinks the Democratic nominee is the “law and order candidate.”

“As for where I stand, I’m with her,” Hargitay wrote in an op-ed for Elle published Monday. “I stand with Hillary, enthusiastically and with all conviction. I can’t think of a more succinct rallying cry for the anti-violence movement than Hillary’s campaign slogan: Stronger together.”

“We must indeed all work together to dismantle the deeply entrenched societal attitudes that have helped perpetuate this violence for so long, attitudes that have found such a dismaying spokesman during this election cycle.” (RELATED: Kirstie Alley Is No Longer Endorsing Donald Trump)

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(Photo: Getty Images)

“The challenges we face as a nation in bringing an end to this violence are formidable,” she continued. “We need a President — and an administration — who will not only keep these issues at the forefront of domestic and international policy, but also will hold out a vision for a future free from these crimes. Whether it is arguing for change in how campuses address the epidemic of sexual assault, drawing attention to the use of rape as a weapon of war, or advocating for the criminal justice system to do all that it can to ensure victims of sexual assault have full access to all the tools at law enforcement’s disposal, including the mandatory testing of all rape kits, Hillary has a vision and a plan for action. And after a lifetime dedicated to working for the rights of women and girls, her vision and her plan are informed, hard-won, and comprehensive.”

“The job of carrying the bold focus and commitment of the current administration forward — the progress on eliminating the U.S. backlog of untested rape kits; the first-ever White House advisor on violence against women; and the revision of the archaic, decades-old definition of rape to expand the kinds of offenses that constitute the crime—will require determination, tenacity, poise, strength, intelligence, and a fierce will to fight for what is good. Hillary has it all, and then some.”

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(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“I cannot urge you strongly enough to stand with Hillary,” Hargitay added.

“Stand with me as I stand with her, as we all stand together, as people, as women and men, united in our conviction that we can be the country that leads the world in bringing this violence to an end.”

“And yes, Hillary, in case you were wondering, this makes you the ‘Law & Order’ candidate.” (RELATED: Ice Cube: ‘I Will Never Endorse Donald Trump’)