In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
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Our Words Will Not Be Heard 22x11
A high-profile activist suspects her sister has been kidnapped by a hate group. Garland and Benson push for change with NYPD brass. Kat gets some good news.
Detectives try to help a woman who claims that she was "trapped in a situation she cannot escape from."
After a piano teacher is arrested for pedophilia, the detectives want a long-time student to testify against him.
A TV newswoman's on-air discussion of her assault leads to a case involving two fatal bombings.
A forensic psychologist (Audra McDonald) is called in to help apprehend a serial rapist who preys on women in the subway.
Chat Room 01x18
A teen's claim that she was assaulted by a man who befriended her on the Internet leads to a case involving pedophilia.
The daughter-in-law of the leader of a religious group is found strangled in a New York hotel room. The suspects include a colleague and a thief.
The Third Guy 01x16
After two teens are caught in connection to an assault and robbery of an elderly woman, it's apparent that the attack was committed by someone else.
Entitled, Part 1 01x15
The detectives of Special Victims Unit team with the 27th Precinct to investigate a salesman's murder, leading them to a politically influential family. When the case goes to court, McCoy finds the matriarch to be a formidable opponent.
Faced with the expiration of a statute of limitations, the staff tries to find a rapist involved in three assaults that occurred five years earlier.
The investigation of a judge's murder involves blackmail, sexual favors, and a convict's wife (Kathryn Meisle), who was a battered spouse.
Russian Love Poem 01x12
The investigation of a multimillionaire's killing involves bisexual infidelities and a number of Russians.
Bad Blood 01x11
The investigation of a gay man's murder, following a party in his apartment building, involves an ex-con and his brother.
After being raped by an intruder, a waitress (Tracy Pollan) reports the crime...and has to deal with its aftermath.
Stocks & Bondage 01x09
The investigation of the killing of a Wall Street stock analyst involves illicit financial dealings and sado-masochism.
A killing leads to a case in which the murderer is someone who stalks his victims...and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) finds that she's a target.
The murder of an 8-year-old boy leads to a case involving the rights of a convicted child molester who has served his sentence and has returned to society.
Sophomore Jinx 01x06
Benson and Stabler investigate a female student's murder at a local college. When they develop two suspects on the basketball team, they experience resistance from the college, which is trying to preserve its reputation and its chance at an upcoming championship.
After a travel writer is found tied up with a woman's undergarments choking off his air supply, Benson and Stabler initially suspect his landlord's boyfriend, but suspicion soon turns to the landlord and her teenage daughter. Both seem far too interested in what their tenant is doing with his time.
Stabler and Benson investigate the murder of a young woman mistaken for a prostitute.
...Or Just Look Like One 01x03
Stabler and Benson investigate the case of a beaten teen model who was dumped in front of a hospital.
A Single Life 01x02
When the body of Gretchen Quinn is found wearing only a red slip after having gone through an upper-story window, Benson and Stabler soon find out that "Gretchen Quinn" never existed.
The grisly murder and dismemberment of a New York cabbie draws the elite Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, including veteran Detective Elliot Stabler and his partner, Olivia Benson, who soon discover that the victim had assumed the identity of another man.