Stabler and Benson investigate the allegations of an woman who claims to have been sexually abused as a child by her father. The victim's allegations come as a result of repressed memories retrieved during sessions with her therapist. The detectives' concerns quickly turn to the minor daughters remaining under the father's care despite their mother's objections.
A serial killer is targeting individuals related to some of Detective Benson's former cases and Olivia becomes personally involved in the case. The stress of the situation causes Detective Benson to begin to doubt her effectiveness as a detective and creates a rift between her and Detective Stabler.
The kidnapping of an infant at a grocery store leads to a scheme of snatching and selling babies for adoption which brings back a case from 12 years ago that involved Captain Cragen and his partner, the late Max Greevey.
An HIV-positive man with a habit of carrying out sexual trysts with teenage girls on the roofs of buildings is caught by the detectives, who are determined to put him back prison. But when a series of rapes and murders throughout Harlem cannot be traced to the man, and begin to affect Fin personally, they begin to wonder if they've been wrong about their prime suspect.
Detective Stabler is reunited with an old partner, a gung-ho cop who long ago put a serial rapist/murderer in prison who's now on parole, just in time for another series of attacks on women. But when it becomes clear that the prime suspect is not only innocent but incapable of such crimes, his old partner regrets his previously celebrated arrest and teams up with Stabler to find the real killer.
The detectives search for a rapist targeting Asian women. The case becomes particularly significant for Benson when the rapist's defense is that he inherited the "violence gene" from his father, also a rapist.
When a young wife is found dead after what appears to have been an auto-erotic encounter, Detectives Benson and Stabler find out that the deceased and a group of her girlfriends had recently been accused of raping a male stripper (Pete Starrett). A.D.A. Cabot prosecutes the sexual assault. The rape leads the Detectives to believe that the woman's death may have been a murder.
The case involves the beating of a seven-months-pregnant woman, whose unborn child has been torn from her body via a primitive cesarean section. Among the many witnesses questioned is the woman's husband, a psychiatrist with several devastating secrets and knows more about his wife's beating than he's willing to admit.
A latino woman brings her five-year old son into a hospital with a gunshot wound. Mention of police scares her so much that she leaves with her other son. The name she gave was false. SVU have to try to track down the woman, when she and her sons lives are in danger.
A deaf burglar leads to discovery of two bodies in a marina park: a male with a pacemaker, BAC of .17 and open trousers; and a violated headless and handless younger female who turns out to be an undercover officer whose duty included locating perpetrators of cruelty to animals.
A woman is found by her car, where she had been raped and killed. Benson and Tutuola try to figure out why there were drugs in the victim's trunk but then find that a similar rape was committed. This victim says that a police officer raped her after pulling her over for a supposed driving violation. The DA now has to zero in on the corrupt cop.
When Stabler hears from a family friend about a teenage girl who was raped, but refuses to report it to police, he begins a covert investigation, and the case progresses to uncover a web of sexual activity among teenagers.
Cellist Cassie Germaine is attacked in her apartment. Benson & Stabler's investigation leads to discovery of hidden cameras streaming Cassie's home activities to a web site with only one discovered visitor, and a shrine.
When one difficulty after another hinder the prosecution of serial pedophile, Roy Barnett, desperate A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot oversteps the bounds of the law, risking both her job, and that of Benson and Stabler, to put this dangerous man behind bars.
A teen with no ID found beaten and apparently raped dies in ER. Benson & Stabler spend all day trying to identify the victim, who turns out to be the stepdaughter of a local judge. Further investigation reveals the victim to have become a mother four years ago, and be a pen pal of inmates sent to prison by her stepfather.
A man comes home to find the newly installed alarm system off, what looks like a burglary without a break-in, and his wealthy wife bloodied on the kitchen floor. The couple's maid was locked out of her apartment after work until her live-in, limo-driver boyfriend came home at 4AM because he had taken her keys instead of his own "by mistake". On investigation, a rape/burglary from two weeks earlier is found elsewhere, also with a new alarm system and no evidence of break-in.
A woman reports that her mentally handicapped daughter has been raped. The detectives face a challenge of how to get information from this apparent victim as a result of her lack of knowledge about sex and her overprotective mother who is hesitant to let the police talk with her.