Beth Behrs: The Rape Foundation
No one had to explain to Beth Behrs the importance of the Rape Foundation's Rape Treatment Center, the only crisis facility in Los Angeles that provides victims with 24-hour emergency medical care, forensic examinations, crisis intervention, long-term counseling and accompanying services all in one place. "I experienced it firsthand," the star of CBS' 2 Broke Girls says. "A friend of mine was sexually assaulted in college. After she told me, I frantically googled what to do, finding the center. We still call the staff our angels."
Then, earlier this year, actress Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) took Behrs on a tour of the center, where she met the foundation's president, Gail Abarbanel. "I got to thank her in person," says Behrs, who has been repaying the kindness both as a spokesperson and by spearheading the running-based initiative Sprint Away Silence, which raises funds for the foundation. "I'm going to continue to make the Rape Treatment Center as much a part of my media presence as 2 Broke Girls," she says. "Rape is an epidemic—like cancer. But unlike rape, no one ever claims you 'allegedly' have lymphoma. I want to help support the survivors, who are so often silenced, because the more support they feel, the more likely they are to come forward, which ultimately leads to fewer rapists on the streets and more in jail."