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When the daughter of one of Detective Amaro's friends is found working as an underage prostitute, the unit sets up a sting operation. Unfortunately, the operation's high-profile collar marks the return of Bayard Ellis and his notion of rape excused by mental defect.
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.
An officer from the 12th precinct makes accusations of fraud and cover-ups against his precinct, but the results of his charges end up with him committed to a psych ward. The Internal Affairs Bureau asks SVU to assist in their investigation, and sends in Cassidy undercover. Cassidy's life may be in danger, though, when someone at the 12th wants to keep the status quo.moreless
Cragen's fate lies in the hands of a DA with an agenda and the outcome of Cassidy's undercover work.
A kidnapping case reminds Benson of a similar case that is over a decade old. So, while the team races to find the current victim, Benson reopens the cold case, hoping both will be solved.
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.
When an eight-year-old propositions a male classmate, Stabler and Tutuola are called in to investigate the case and soon learn that Jake Winnock's father spent seven years in prison for molesting his older brother, Teddy. D.N.A. tests clear Gregory Hensal of abusing his son, but implicate Jake's older brother, whom detectives soon learn has been running his own personal internet pornography site. T.A.R.U. tech Ruben Morales joins the detectives in their search for Teddy after he goes missing, but his own guilt about his nephew's molestation after being raped by an online predator he met using the computer Morales had given him colors his judgment when dealing with one of the suspects.moreless
The rape of a sorority member focuses the team's attention on the university's culture of denial and discouragement and a board complicit in the many cover ups.
The SVU detectives investigate after a school nurse notices multiple injuries on a young girl.
The team battles mistrust and prejudice from all sides when it investigates the abduction of a Romani boy who was last seen on his way home from school.
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.
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
After sixteen-year-old Lauren Westley loses her unborn child due to a severe abdominal beating, her father's insistence that Lauren was raped leads detectives to the baby's father. It isn't long, though, before the detectives realize Lauren was an active party in her own beating, and the two teens had found it necessary to take the steps they did because the abortion clinic kept putting off Lauren's request for an appointment. Novak faces a tough opponent in her own office when she and Branch disagree over the appropriate action to be taken against Wayne Mortens, the young girl's boyfriend.moreless
Detective Benson's life is ultimately endangered after Detective Rollin's standard arrest of a flasher spirals out of control.
Doug Waverly and Nick Pratt are charged with rape and murder in the disappearance of Canadian student Jennifer Durning after Nick's cousin, Jason King, claims that while he had consensual sex with her that night the other two raped her. A stray pubic hair leads Novak to Keith Willis, a drunk who was paid off by the boys to get Jennifer out of the hotel and who later saw the boys kidnap her, but Willis isn't exactly fit to be a witness as his mind has deteriorated badly after years of alcohol abuse. Jason King disappears. Although they are able to find a bug in Donnelly's office, they are not able to prove that it was placed there by Pratt or Waverly. Judge Donnelly is forced to dismiss the case against the two boys since there is no case without Jason's testimony.moreless
An escort service that lures clients online leaves some of its male clients raped and robbed. As Benson investigates the case, she finds that she knows one of her suspects. Meanwhile, Amaro has attracted IA's attention once more, and he reaches out to an old friend for advice.
Bart Ganzel's trial finally hits the docket, but a complication in the form of a rape charge against Detective Cassidy may derail the case completely. When the trial turns against Cassidy, Barry Querns dips into his bag of tricks to set the case aright. The surprise, though, is on Detective Amaro.moreless
Benson and Stabler investigate when a server is found in the alley behind a club, where she was raped and shot to death. Multiple suspects and no real leads make it a difficult case to solve and prove, until evidence eventually tells the story. Stabler's bond with the victim's father turns deadly, and ultimately upends the man's trial. Only Alex can right the wrong to get her desired verdict.moreless
Detective Amaro shoots a 14-year-old boy while backing up a uniformed officer, and the new Mayor makes him an example of the new crack-down on police brutality. Meanwhile, Cragen has a surprise announcement.
The FBI calls on Benson and her team for assistance when a man goes on a killing spree throughout the state, and a prostitute from one of her old cases could be key to finding and stopping the rampage.
Crime interferes in Benson and Haden's romantic getaway and causes them to question the relationship after an investigation into a missing prostitute leads the detectives towards a repeat offender and a ticking clock if the current victim is to be saved.
The discovery of the bodies of two young gay men who were both meth addicts as well as victims of a new strain of AIDS that can kill its victims in less than a year leads to an investigation. Tutuola learns that his son Ken is gay, and has difficulty accepting it, even though he and Benson end up going to Ken for help with infiltrating an anti-meth group. The group's leader, Gabriel, soon becomes their top suspect when the squad realizes that the two men died because they passed the disease on to someone else.moreless
The squad helps keep Rollins' beaten and pregnant sister safe from her dangerous boyfriend. Unfortunately, the lines they cross trigger yet another IAB investigation that jeopardizes the team and may cost a detective's job.
The team attempts to rally behind Captain Cragen after he comes under investigation for the death of the escort beside whose body he awoke. Unfortunately, they are hampered by an aggressive district attorney and a replacement captain whose management style differs greatly from Cragen's.
The team, reinvigorated by Cragen's return, almost has a sex trafficking ring in their sights. But their evidence crosses over into Lieutenant Eame's terrorism investigation, and Benson must find another way to the perps when SVU's case is halted.
An abandoned boy found in Times Square leads detectives to his home. What turns out to be a house of horrors leads to the rescue of multiple victims and cold cases that may be solved.
William Lewis holds Benson in captivity while the squad desperately searches for clues to her location. As days pass by, it seems more and more unlikely they will find her in time. Then a string of rapes and murders gives them hope and finally a trail to follow.
A gang rape at a concert involves a former soldier who was working as a security guard, but the case and his fate is dependent upon his faulty memory of what happened that night.
Rollins' gambling losses puts her under obligation to the club managers. Their repayment means Rollins must commit a crime, but the act tangles her up in a more serious crime. Meanwhile, Benson and Tutuola must face that Rollins has may be guilty.
Amaro's detective instincts tingle after a strange conversation with a professor. The team's investigation into sexual abuse at the private school, however, is stymied by a powerful board that's unwilling to expose the school to scandal. As more victims identify themselves, Benson and Barba reach out to a retired educator to get justice.moreless
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.
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.
A single mom gets arrested for child endangerment because she leaves her daughter home alone. However, Benson suspects the mother's actions are based on fear and not neglect, and Dr. Lindstrom uncovers the woman's own repressed memories of being abused.
A university hazing gone violently wrong puts Rollins on a case involving a friend from Georgia. Benson's investigation reveals a pattern of abuse, and targets the team's coach. Meanwhile, Rollins asks for help with her personal life.
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
A patient in a hospital psych ward claims that he witnessed a girl being raped. The SVU team investigates and discovers that the victim has claimed to be raped before.
A raped and beaten teenager who is found under the High Line leads the detectives to a New Jersey strip club and its powerfully connected owner. A jurisdictional tug-of-war ensues between the courts, and Barba suspects corruption when the opposing court assists in Jersey's police force obstruction. The team turns to a familiar face in the federal prosecutor's office to get justice for the victim and stop a burgeoning crime syndicate.moreless
An undercover operation that targets a famous photographer, yields clues and assumptions, but no proof that the man's fantasies have become reality. And Murphy's new protocol that pushes for more perpetrators, regardless of any ethical or legal breaches, may be at fault.
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.
After a talk show host rapes his guest, the author of the latest BDSM novel, Benson and Rollins must convince her to come forward and press charges against the celebrity. Once Amaro starts digging into her background for the new DA, though, a secret from her past threatens the trial.
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.
The squad is pulled into a city-wide investigation of sniper attacks against police when a lead links Fin to the case. Lt. Eames adds her expertise as they scramble to identify the suspect from Fin's time in Narcotics.
The investigation into a home invasion that leaves only the daughter alive has many repercussions. Evidence sends detectives in the wrong direction, Detective Rollin's job is threatened when someone from her past appears, and one man makes a sacrifice for good.
When the CEO of a government military contractor is found sexually assaulted and drugged in a park after he was confronted by protestors, it seems there will be no lack of suspects. But when the detectives' investigation takes them to Iraq, they realize their case may not be a typical sex crime.moreless
Two ambitious district attorneys clash over a murder case, and Benson is sure the competing county has wrongly accused SVU's rape victim from Manhattan of killing her ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately, even with new evidence and a better suspect, the Suffolk County DA will not cede her case. It's left to DA Barba to convince a jury quickly and for the correct verdict.moreless
Benson is investigated following William Lewis' death, and a prosecutor convenes a grand jury and calls for her arrest. While two lieutenants advise Benson to save her career at all costs, she wrestles with what's the right thing to do.
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.
Barba and Benson's case involving Noah's biological father threatens Benson and Noah's future.
A nurse, whose brother owns the home-nursing company she works for, takes her childhood abandonment frustrations at her mother out on the rich elderly women the company cares for, leaving the detectives to believe they have a money-hungry serial killer on the loose. The detectives know the nurse has committed the murders of what they thought were six people, but they cannot prove it, that is until Benson and Stabler do a little roleplaying and get the nurse to confess that she has killed numerous elderly women and framed the murders on her brother as a way to get back at her mother and brother.moreless
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.
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 comatose woman who has been assaulted is found in the East River near the mayor's home. Her condition means an investigation that mostly reconstructs her recent activities, and what the team finds is not what they expect of a typical wife with children.
A young girl follows her sister into a college party and disappears. The unit mobilizes all their resources, but the kidnapper's expertise with the internet makes him hard to trace until DA Barba offers his assistance. Rollins' focus, meanwhile, fragments after her sister's appearance.
Detectives Tutuola and Rollins investigate when a homeless couple report the discovery of an abandoned baby close to a hospital. Elsewhere, Detective Benson prevails on Bayard Ellis to assist her half-brother when he tells her Children's Services is going to take away his children.
At Munch's retirement party, Benson receives a text message from Sarah Walsh -- two years after being raped, Sarah believes she has been raped again. Clues lead the team to a suspect with a huge cyber presence.
A rape and kidnapping is reported by the husband who watched it unfold via videochat while traveling home from a business trip. When the ransom demand is met, detectives intercept the wife when she arrives to get the money. Her debriefing, however, raises Benson's suspicions and a full investigation is launched.moreless
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.
William Lewis escapes from prison, and kidnaps a girl. In order to rescue her, Lewis requires the truth from Benson and a showdown.
A West Soho neighborhood vigilante group that not only targets a rapist but also the police puts the squad on high alert. However, Detective Amaro is distracted from the investigation when he suspects his wife of having an affair.
Detective Rollins believes she has picked up a thread on a cold case from back home when she investigates the rape of a dancer by a tattooed man. Although the suspect maintains his innocence, Rollins is sure he is her serial rapist. Detectives Benson and Amaro know the evidence is damning, but deeper investigation may reveal a surprising twist.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.
A local coach's induction into a city basketball hall of fame is disrupted by accusations of sexual abuse by one of his former players, and another addition to the squad arrives.
After Rollins' friend makes a complaint of rape against her lover, the woman's unusual sex life makes everyone doubt her story. After the charges are dropped, the situation escalates to murder and Rollins' personal life is up for dissection when she takes the witness stand.
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.
Detective Tutuola asks the unit to investigate when his ex-brother-in-law is arrested after attacking a priest. The in-law's criminal past has influenced the detectives on scene, and Tutuola believes he's innocent. SVU's investigation, however, unearths a church scandal just in time for Christmas.
ADA Barba's loyalties are tested when two men whom he admires become entangled in a sex scandal during an election campaign. SVU's detectives worry about his commitment to justice as the investigation reveals more and more dirty laundry.
A diabetic boy with behavioral problems has disappeared when his father returns from a trip. As his insulin pump runs out, the boy is seen with known pornographers who also have a history of child endangerment, making his recovery even more urgent. Elsewhere, Benson's career trajectory is hindered by a relapse.moreless
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.
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 TV producer is accused of molesting his daughter, but the cops suspect the accusations are a ploy when his estranged wife won't cooperate with them, yet she will speak with the media about the matter.
The team investigates the death of an underage escort who died during a raucous bachelor party with VIP guests. The trail uncovers publicity-shy attendees, a fight for supremacy between two escort services and an old friend of the squad.
William Lewis' trial forces Benson to relive her ordeal and endure exposing personal details for the defense.
The murder of a mail-order bride on the night of her engagement party leads the detectives to a blackmail scheme by the Russian mafia, and an opportunity for Captain Cragen to flex his undercover muscles.
After an onstage rape turns out not to be performance art, the detectives are left with few clues and only voluntary witnesses, since everyone was wearing masks. Their investigation leads to a stalker and a judge, but only a deep probe into the inner workings of New York theater will unmask this Iago.moreless
Amaro investigates the disappearance of a girl from a violent party. The team suspects her boyfriend, a scholarship student, is affiliated with a gang, and his arrest triggers another round of violence. Elsewhere, Benson is sworn in as the precinct's new sergeant.
The team investigates a producer and his use of the casting couch after a woman who auditioned for a reality show is found in Central Park drugged and with evidence of a sexual assault. Once the case is resolved, however, no one is prepared when a family member of the accused decides to subvert justice by breaking the law himself.moreless
An arrest for DUI turns into an SVU case when the soldier-on-leave shows evidence of an assault. Benson, however, has difficulty when the victim, her fellow soldiers and commanding officer block the investigation at every lead. Then Amaro asks a favor of his ex-wife, and her results open a door to a little-known part of the military culture.moreless
The team is called in to investigate when an up-and-coming singer is beaten by her hip-hop star boyfriend, but find it increasingly difficult to protect her when she forgives him and allows him back into her life.
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
Detective Benson's investigation into a 13-year-old girl's pregnancy exposes the secrets of a political family, potentially endangering a member of that family.
The detectives go up against a defense attorney whose skilled decimation of their watertight rape case brings the bureau chief to the prosecution table.
A journalist profiling the squad becomes involved in the investigation of a rape. Unfortunately, the story goes from serious to tabloid, and his hindrance of the detectives' work may cause a rapist to escape justice and endanger more women.
A janitor's brutal attack of a school's gymnastics coach eventually reveals that the janitor was the victim of another coach—one who is a serial pedophile with ties to a death-row inmate. Benson asks Bayard Ellis to right a wrong with a last-minute appeal.
When a rape victim is brought to the E.R. after a brutal and lengthy assault, Detective Benson recognizes the signature of a rapist on whom she believed the book had been closed eight years ago. The team must reopen the case to rule out whether there was a wrongful conviction back then, or they are dealing with a copycat now. Things only get worse when ADA Haden and Bayard Ellis square off against each other and Benson while she agonizes over how the case was handled and if she played a part in destroying a man's life.moreless
Detective Olivia Benson is back with her dedicated team to solve some of the NYPD's most complex and harrowing cases.
A sports reporter accuses her cameraman of raping her. The team and ADA Barba work toward a solid prosecution that will convict the man, but the reporter's fetus, conceived by the rape, hands the defense a tool it uses ruthlessly to their advantage.
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
After a child is taken by the biological mother, the team is embroiled in a custody conflict that has devastating consequences.
The squad's rape and murder cold case attracts the FBI's attention and a familiar face. When Benson and Amaro begin to doubt the suspect's guilt, though, Agent Lewis is harder to convince.
The detectives investigate the disappearance of a baby who has apparently been abducted on Halloween. But when the parents' stories don't match the evidence, a deeper investigation reveals a surprising truth.