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Barba and Benson's case involving Noah's biological father threatens Benson and Noah's future.
A little boy is kidnapped from school and a ransom request is made. Detectives soon uncover that the boy knew his abductor, but friction between his parents impedes the investigation. Meanwhile, Benson must take an exam to formalize her promotion.
When a woman recants her testimony which, as a child, helped convict her father, the team reviews the original investigation. However, the assigned judge refuses to grant a new trial, and Bayard Ellis calls on retired Capt. Cragen for assistance.
A Chicago crime resembles a decade-old New York City case, so police from Chicago arrive and team up with the squad to track down a suspect they had to release earlier.
A teen party that became an orgy yields explicit photos that go viral. Barba's focus on prosecuting the student who posted the photographs is sidelined by a cluster of measles cases which are traced back to the same party. As the virus spreads through the city, Benson's son becomes one of the victims, and she looks into the mothers who may have falsified documents in order to enroll their kids into the school system. Elsewhere, Amaro copes with news about his son.moreless
A college student makes a rape accusation in a TV interview, claiming she was gang raped at a fraternity house. Her story casts a national spotlight on sexual assault on college campuses, but her legal case is difficult for Barba to prove.
Carisi's future brother-in-law makes a rape accusation against his female parole officer, forcing Carisi to investigate whether his sister's fiancé is telling the truth or allowing his old bad habits to resurface.
A famous author whom Carisi idolizes becomes the center of a feud between his wife and two daughters. As evidence mounts against the wife, Carisi takes a personal interest in the case and the man's well-being. Elsewhere, Barba faces his own family conflict when he forces a decision on his abuela.moreless
Scanavino discovers a woman posing as a madam while he is undercover on a trafficking sting. It turns out she's there to track down her daughter, who disappeared three years ago. The team must then balance ethics and necessity as they search for her daughter while closing in on the perpetrator - an unexpectedly familiar face. Elsewhere, Benson gets disturbing news that may affect her son.moreless
Detective Tutuola is drawn into the online gaming world when he investigates the death and rape threats by male gamers against a female developer who is set to launch her new game. When the threats become reality for one of her employees, the team must find the perpetrator before another assault occurs.moreless
Benson and Rollins deal with the fallout after a rape suspect is released due to no evidence and the rape victim's father takes justice into his own hands.
Amaro's estranged father is arrested at his own wedding after a fight erupts, and Amaro becomes a witness in a case involving family secrets.
A 15-year-old girl, answering a social media invitation, sneaks out to meet her movie star crush. Later she is found hanging onto life in an alley after a sexual assault. Olivia believes the star is the perpetrator, but cannot find any proof against him. Proof comes in the form of missing security footage that the website posts. The site owner refuses to reveal his source, and it is up to Barba to find a way to make him do so.moreless
Rollins' old boss from Atlanta visits New York City along with his newest detective, who is found unconscious in her hotel bathroom. The rookie detective makes a rape claim, but then she recants it, leading Rollins to face a dark part of her own past.
A serial rapist strikes, attacking young, petite girls during the early morning. Rollins finds a pattern between these assaults and some rape cases she worked on back in Atlanta, but the rape kits for those were never tested. Meanwhile, a judge threatens to remove Noah from Benson's home.
Benson and Fin work together to save a woman whose abuse by her boyfriend shows up on a security tape. As a last ditch effort, they ask ADA Barba for assistance. Meanwhile, Amaro and Rollins are affected by the case.
Police from Chicago work with the squad to track a child-pornography victim, and together they follow a lead about a live-streamed pornography club. However, the case risks being derailed when tension erupts between Benson and the visiting sergeant.
Three girls enter the woods, and two of them vanish while the third gets injured during their quest to find the mythical Glasgowman. As the search for the suspect gets underway, Benson attempts to separate stories of fantasy from reality.
A college student becomes a pornography star, and then she is sexually assaulted by some classmates who confuse fantasy with reality. When the case goes to court, the victim lands in the hot seat as questioning gets underway.
The unit investigates a bike messenger who has a bad history with women, and then must find his manifesto before he commits another violence. Elsewhere, Benson faces criticism of her leadership and priorities by the new SVU deputy chief.
A starlet tries to use her charms to get out of an arrest, but Amaro proves unflappable, earning him a spot back on the SVU squad. The same starlet is later charged with statutory rape, prompting a curious Benson to investigate the actress's own past.
Detective Olivia Benson is back with her dedicated team to solve some of the NYPD's most complex and harrowing cases.
In the 16th-season opener, Benson adjusts to being a foster mom to baby Noah, whose life is in jeopardy after Amaro does some undercover work linked to Noah's deceased biological mother. Meanwhile, a new addition to the squad has a rough start.
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