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.
Benson speaks to a 15-year-old at a hospital, just before the teen is abducted.
A teen's murder leads to a case involving runaways and a doctor (Gale Harold) interested in human cloning.
After a waitress is found shot outside the club where she worked, her father (Joe Morton) seeks vengeance.
An accused rapist (Fred Savage) decides to represent himself in court.
After a woman (Katherine Moennig) fights off an attacker, what seems to be a case of self-defense murder grows more complicated following a blood test.
Multiple murders at a Manhattan townhouse are the start of a killing spree.
The discovery of an 8-year-old beauty-pageant contestant's body leads to a case involving a virtual-pornography website.
A woman in a tenement is raped and murdered in front of her 6-year-old son (Max Weinstein). Not surprisingly, the boy is too traumatized to answer questions. And one of them turns out to be, What were they doing in that apartment in the first place? They weren't poor, but they were on the run.
The investigation of an apparent suicide leads to a case involving members of a wealthy family.
A former victim of Tibetan political torture is found murdered, with one of her feet missing.
Stabler is sent to Prague to look for a missing teen (Alexis Dziena) whose pictures are showing up on child-porn Web sites.
The discovery of an infant's remains leads to a case that deals with a fatal genetic disorder and a parent's moral crisis.
In their investigation of a prisoner's death, Benson and Fin learn that he was assaulted before being incarcerated.
Stabler goes undercover to try to find a police detective who's part of a cocaine-smuggling ring.
Shootings at a video-rental store lead to a case involving an adopted daughter (Ari Graynor), a sexually abused child, a lawyer's son (Christopher Denham) and a client's immunity.
The investigation into a teen's claim that she was raped involves her parents, little sister, a boyfriend and a boarder.
Two youths (Shane E. Lyons, Connor Paolo) each blame the other in the murder of a cancer patient who grew marijuana.
The detectives try to determine who impregnated a comatose woman.
Gloria Reuben plays a graphics designer who returns from five months in rehab to discover that her daughter is missing.
The discovery of a boy's body leads to a pedophile ring.
Disappearing Acts 04x05
After Stabler and Benson are called in on a rape case, their victim is taken away by Federal agents.
The detectives investigate the murder of a public-health doctor whose husband (Michael Gross) is a retired lawyer.
Benson and Stabler try to determine who mistreated an Alzheimer's victim (Jane Powell).
Benson and Stabler wonder if an actress (Sherilyn Fenn) may have played a role in her husband's murder.
Sharon Lawrence portrays a prostitute who claims that she killed a john in self-defense.