The ethics of homosexual parenting are put on trial when it's discovered that a 12-year-old stab victim's attacker is an 8-year-old child of same sex parents.
That Dunlap woman, the secondary, illegal mother and how she was handled infuriated me. She was an arrogant, inconsiderate bitch and both of them as a couple not just set a horrible example for the LGBT community but outright disrespected it.
Enrolling their child in a Catholic school knowing that she would be taught that homosexuality is a sin which can be assessed by their subsequently hiding their relationship from the school drives the viewer to take the grandmother's perspective of not being able to understand the relationship between these mothers aside from the lack of substance in it particularly by having the biological mother absent for most of the episode. This behavior suggests that they themselves are insecure in the relationship but it doesn't explain why they intentionally exposed their child to the message that it's wrong.
The aforementioned and the neglect to pull the child out of the school when she started being harassed ergo allowing her to be exposed to provocative situations should be considered child endangerment and makes the Dunlap woman ultimately responsible for that boy's stabbing.
The school should've also been given partial responsibility since they clearly ignored the harassment. Even the priest who provided the evidence that the child was provoked to attack the other isn't excused since it clearly didn't occur to him to be concerned before it came to this and the fact that he leaves his car keys where anyone has access to them suggests that the staff, in general, is inattentive. I wouldn't be surprised if he'd just felt guilty because his car was used to make the body dump.
It's also unclear whether or not Dunlap was advised to remove the child, it doesn't seem as though she was (though if she wasn't that doesn't excuse that she didn't).
Trying to use that she didn't have legal guardianship to get the child's confession thrown out, basically trashing her parental self-regard and then reclaiming it in her own defense was the icing on the cake.
It's unacceptable that the court barely touched on any of this, that that bitch got away with all of her bullshit and was allowed to walk out of there with the child in the final scene.
Even if she were a fit parent, what happened to her not having legal guardianship? It hadn't been established that she'd intended to adopt the child and had gotten temporary legal custody in the meantime or that she'd succeeded in her underhanded attempt to get the dying biological mother to sign a will granting it to her.
The child should've been placed with the brother and his father. The brother was the only one who seemed to actually care about her whereas that bitch Dunlap and even the grandmother up until the end just wanted validation.
That ending, that bitch damning the grandmother to hell without listening to her side, when she was no better really boiled my blood on multiple levels.
There were inconsistencies all over the place.
Between the child's parroting her teachings that homosexuality is wrong yet not seeming to question her two mothers as she clearly felt comfortable with them both, it's difficult to tell if she's conflicted though she should be given the mixed messages she's been exposed to.
That she was able to accept and deliver the lies imposed upon her with such ease, particularly since she's a Catholic school taught child who seemed to understand on some level that lying was wrong given that she actually preached it to Benson's face was unconvincing.
Her telling Huang that she felt "bad" as in guilty when "mommy Zoe" touched her was unrealistic, a child is very aware of how being touched a certain way makes them feel even if they don't understand that it might be wrong regardless. No one should have been able to convince her otherwise or to lie about it in this way. Or at least I prefer to assume that she was lying against believability rather than that she was being honest and was ignored once again.
Although Benson delivered to the courtroom evidence that the attack was provoked, there wasn't a clear verdict and the victim's parents while initially adamant that the child attacker needed to be arrested, were suddenly not heard from again after the child, for whatever reason walked. Ideally, they decided to acknowledge the revelation that their kid's an asshole and granted that both children were at fault.
This was just NOT one of SVU's finest.