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Mariska Hargitay's Son August is the Spitting Image of His Parents in Rare New Pic

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star went to Kenya with her family for the New Year.

By Jackie Manno

Mariska Hargitay started the New Year with a family adventure!

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On January 3, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star shared a snapshot of herself and her oldest son, 17-year-old August, going on a Safari together in Kenya. In the picture, Hargitay and August rode in a car while Hargitay was decked out in flannel, sunglasses, and a hat, while August smiled from the backseat. 

"#safarilife" Hargitay captioned the post.

Hargitay and her family surely have had a great time exploring while in Kenya, as Hargitay also posted gorgeous pictures of wildlife taken by herself and husband, Peter Hermann. The animals they saw at the Sirikoi Lodge included lions, rhinos, and a giant giraffe named Ditu.

"Meet my new friend. Ditu 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣4️⃣ day 1 🇰🇪," Hargitay captioned the high quality post of her standing next to the giraffe.

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How Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann support their son, August

Hargiay and Hermann share three children: August, 12-year-old Amaya, and 11-year-old Andrew. In May 2023, the family of five appeared on the red carpet together for the 2023 Stuttering Association For The Young (SAY) Benefit Gala at The Edison Ballroom after being inducted into the organization's hall of fame for their contributions. August himself has a stutter, which Hargitay has been very open about, as she was eager to support the cause

“Our son stutters,” Hargitay told People. “And it was so beautiful to have this lovely community to introduce him to and learn about it from the experts.”

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Mariska Hargitay and family at the 2023 SAY Benefit Gala.

She continued: "The thing about stuttering, and what I've learned, is so many times people who stutter try not to speak or try to switch the word or not say anything, get out of it, hide. It's so heartbreaking to think that all these amazing humans with so much to offer would be holding it in because of how the world treats them, or for fear. It's been so exciting to learn and to understand and educate people because as soon as people know, they're like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Thank you. Tell me more. Tell me more.’ It's been just a beautiful journey.”

August also had some mature words to say about his speech journey. "I think that being in a place where you're surrounded by the people who are dealing with the same thing you are is super special," he said. "In school, there aren’t a lot of other people, or on the sports teams you play, at the organizations you go to, at the events I’m at with my parents. There's always a lot of pressure and conversation,” he says. “So to be in a place where the edge is off and it's encouraged, it's welcomed? It's special.”