Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 15 Episode 19

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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.

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True to form, the main perps at the end of the episode are a couple of rich white males.
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There is one major problem with the plot. A mother that cares about her child that much would do everything she could to ensure the child is safe, yet the child was left for days. Sure the mother was locked up, but she still could have done something to alert someone. The writers did not deal with that adequately.

I have been disappointed with this show for a while. This was the last one I will watch. I give up on it.
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She didn't trust anyone else because of what she herself had been through as a child. She made the apartment as safe as she could. I'm not sure how the girl got out on the balcony. IMO the show is as good as it's ever been. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
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Perhaps you missed the part where they said the girl had been alone for days while her mother was in jail. I do realize that the mother had been horribly abused but it is difficult for me to believe that the mother would not have tried to do something. I think the writers wrote it the way they did because it was more convenient for them, not because it was more realistic.

Please believe me that if this was the only problem, I would have ignored it. I am saying that that was the final thing (replace that with a cliché if you wish) that caused me to give up.
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Agree. On the fact Jenny had no one. It was just the kid and her. And not surprising since basically everyone she'd come across abused her. From Uncle Jerry, to her mom, to hubby #1 (who didn't even marry her) to his brother who became hubby #2. Just a long row of abusers.
And double agree on the show being better than ever!! :D
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Please believe me (you probably will not) that I probably understand better than you how little people care about others but that might be part of the reason I am disappointed the show is not more realistic. I agree with good people like you that guys that use violence to get their way must not be allowed to get away with it so using that in the story is easy. I would be impressed if they were to deal with matters that were not so easy to write about.
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What a heartbreaking story. And it's based on true events. I had no idea that people who watch kiddie porn may have to pay retribution to the child who was victimized. Seems fair.
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What a shock. The manhating bitch Benson feels sorry for the mother who neglected her child. If this was the father she would want to hunt him down like a dog.
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That's pretty harsh. It was obvious from the start that the mother had been a victim herself. Olivia is all about helping victims.
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