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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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.
A spy camera is found in a Central Park public restroom.
The poisoning of a couple's adopted daughter prompts Stabler and Benson to suspect the child's mother based on testimony from her other 7-year-old daughter.
An elderly woman is found strangled to death at her home.
A woman dies and initial evidence lead Benson and Stabler to believe she has been murdered.
Rebecca Wheeler, a criminology student is found murdered in Central Park.
Jeff York, an assistant DA is found murdered.
An internet chat room tracks down a 12 year old boy named Jeremy, who is threatening to kill a 5 year old girl.
A six year old boy has been suffocated to death.
Emily Sullivan, a sixteen year old student, is found murdered in the trunk of her father's car.
Jacob Nesbit, a nine year old boy, is found eating food out of a trash can.
Shannon Coyle, a sixteen year old student, is found dead in an alley.
A seven year old is found dismembered in Central Park, and it appears it was some kind of ritual killing.
A Muslim woman is raped then burned to death. Benson and Stabler fear it could be a hate crime.
A fraternity boy is found murdered.
Michael Baxter escapes from prison years after being convicted for raping his girlfriend's son Lee.
Lucy Prichard, 20 months old, is taken while playing at the park.
A man is running through a subway station bleeding to death because his penis was cut off.
A young man is found dead in the Village. Evidence lead Benson and Stabler to the guy's boyfriend and the boyfriend's father (George Segal) - an anti-gay.
A rape leads to the case of a woman (Josie Bissett), her abusive husband and the rights of their unborn child.
A homeless schizophrenic (Leland Orser) kidnaps a 5-year-old boy in this harrowing episode in which Beverly D'Angelo begins a recurring role as public defender Rebecca Balthus.
The discovery of the bodies of a newborn and her mother leads to a doctor (Martin Donovan) coming under suspicion. Diane Neal joins the cast as ADA Casey Novak.
While constructing a murder case, ADA Alexandra Cabot becomes the target of a Colombian drug cartel.
After a psychiatrist (Susanna Thompson) has been raped in a crack house, she's very uncooperative with the investigation.
Misuse of a prescription drug is involved in the killing of two students.
The search is on for an abducted woman who's about to give birth.