Actress Mariska Hargitay testified on Capitol Hill about sexual assault reform on Friday morning. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Cause: The Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence’s first round-table to discuss rape kit backlogs and the lack of specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE nurses). Rape kits, which detect genetic evidence left behind on victims,  aren’t being used because of of funding issues, outdated equipment, lack of training and laws — all of which slow the prosecution of perpetrators.

Celeb: Actress Mariska Hargitay, known for her longstanding role as Detective Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and president/founder of The Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that aims to change societal response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

Scene: Sexual assault victims provided tearful testimonies to representatives Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), and David Joyce (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the task force, and other representatives, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) who brought along her daughter who is heading off to college one week from today. Hargitay, whose role on “SVU” exposed her to the issues of sexual assault and abuse, stressed the need to change the conversation of consent and victim blaming, and to make sure rape kits are actually being tested so justice can be served.

Sound bite: “These are not kits sitting on a shelf. These are people’s lives sitting on a shelf. Getting derailed,” she said.