The search for a young boy's parents after he is found alone in Central Park leads to the possibility of a planned mass-casualty event in the city; SVU works with the joint-terrorism task force to locate the suspects.
Detectives Benson and Lake get the help of an FBI agent as they search for a serial killer who brutally attacks young women. However, there are signs that the agent may not be able to handle the mental and emotional weight of the case.
After a gay man is murdered, the prime suspect is a star professional football quarterback who turns out to his partner. The quarterback is "outed" in the media during the investigation, and he becomes a beating victim himself.
A man accused of impersonating a police officer over a telephone and telling a fast food manager to sexually assault an employee is found not guilty, and as a result becomes a vocal crusader telling other people to defy authority figures.
Olivia discovers that a case involving a troubled foster child is tied to a cold rape case from her past, and it could be the missing link that could help catch a serial rapist. Meanwhile, Olivia is haunted by her sexual assault in prison.
A teenager comes to SVU asking for help because he is having sexual desires for his five-year-old stepbrother. He says that he has not acted on his impulses yet, but not everyone believes that this part of his story is true.
SVU clashes with the Marines over jurisdiction in a case involving the murder in New York of a pregnant soldier who claims she was raped in Iraq. During the investigation, Benson has traumatic flashbacks of her sexual assault.