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Detective Benson's life is ultimately endangered after Detective Rollin's standard arrest of a flasher spirals out of control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
After a successful undercover operation arrests a man who assaults other men, DA Barba believes he has a slam-dunk case. The man's attorney, however, makes a career of subterfuge, and Barba's easy win soon spirals out of control.
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
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.
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.
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
After a child is taken by the biological mother, the team is embroiled in a custody conflict that has devastating consequences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cragen's fate lies in the hands of a DA with an agenda and the outcome of Cassidy's undercover work.
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.