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.
Episode 23 18x23
Episode 22 18x22
The unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.
American Dream 18x20
A hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter. When a crucial witness in the case is deported, Barba is forced to drop the charges against a suspect, and tensions rise between communities on opposing sides of the case.
When a young woman is raped by a member of her church group, Barba must argue that the First Amendment doesn't entitle a person to break the law.
The SVU investigates a charismatic spiritual healer when a client claims he incapacitated and assaulted her using hypnosis.
Real Fake News 18x17
A congressman falsely accused of soliciting underage girls asks SVU to debunk the rumor, but the investigation leads to a real sex trafficking ring. Meanwhile, Benson and Rollins become the targets of a salacious website.
The Newsroom 18x16
Benson and Barba ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor makes an on-air disclosure of rape against her boss.
Know It All 18x15
A man under investigation for rape and murder threatens to expose the secrets of those working the case.
Net Worth 18x14
A top-level investment banker accuses her billionaire client of rape.
An investigation hits a nerve with Benson when a suspect claims his genetics causes him to commit rape.
No Surrender 18x12
Fin revisits his military roots when a fellow Army Ranger struggles to recover from a sexual assault.
Great Expectations 18x11
The SVU investigates the players of a top youth hockey team after a vicious locker room hazing.
Motherly Love 18x10
A teenaged boy uses a rifle to stop an assault on his mother, but soon learns the target was someone he knows.
Decline and Fall 18x09
The powerful family of a retail empire closes ranks when a bartender accuses one of their own of rape.
Chasing Theo 18x08
A 6 year-old boy disappears from his bed in the midst of a wild, drug-fueled party thrown by his mother. With a child's life on the line, the case causes Benson to scrutinize her own role as a mother.
Next Chapter 18x07
A woman is sexually assaulted by a masked man, but she believes the rapist is the same man who went to jail for stalking her. Meanwhile, Tucker contemplates retirement and a future with Benson.
Broken Rhymes 18x06
A record label CEO and his protégé are questioned for their involvement in the assault of a transgender student.
Rape Interrupted 18x05
A sergeant makes Benson choose between loyalty and duty when his son is accused of rape.
Heightened Emotions 18x04
An athlete is the victim of sexual assault, but her secret double life could ruin both the case against her attacker and her Olympic future. Meanwhile, Rollins reconnects with her sister Kim after she's released from prison on parole.
A man tears a family apart when he uses a prominent fake identity to lure a vulnerable wife and mother into his bed. Barba argues that the evidence amounts to rape, but he's faced with a powerful defense attorney and a skeptical judge in court.
Making a Rapist 18x02
After 16 years in prison, a convicted rapist is exonerated due to newly tested DNA evidence. But only a day later, Fin is called to the scene of a shocking crime and must once again investigate the whereabouts of the man he arrested years ago.
A young boy is found wandering alone in Central Park and the search for his parents leads to startling evidence of a planned mass casualty event in the city. As the SVU works with the joint-terrorism task force to find the suspects and the motive, Lt. Benson must also convince Barba to address allegations of rape and torture the boy's mother discloses.