Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 6, Episode 11

Contagious (11 Jan. 2005)

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A medical exam after a car accident reveals a fourth-grader's sexual assault. The perpetrator is obvious -- but not as obvious as everyone thinks.

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After a car accident a nine-year-old girl is examined and it's found she's been sexually abused. Out of fear and desperation, the girl blames her soccer coach for molesting her. Soon a slew of other girls claim they also have been raped by the same coach. During the investigation, Benson has to try keeping Stabler from falling apart. Written by Anonymous

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[during a search of a suspected child molestor's house]
Julie Dobbins: My husband would die before he hurt a child. He was never alone with any of those girls, I was here...
Detective Elliot Stabler: You were right here and you didn't do a damn thing about it? It was happening right under your roof, and you're telling me what a great guy your husband is? Lady, you're as sick as he is!
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Superb episode
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There are some truly superb episode of "SVU", and this is one of them. I was fortunate enough to see it twice, and the second time it was even better than I had remembered.

Benson and Stabler are called in to hospital after Holly, a 9-year-old girl, brought in with her parents after a car accident, is found also to have been recently sexually assaulted. This seemed to be one of the most powerful victim portrayals in the way the character was written and acted (very well by Jennette McCurdy). Holly was scared, she fought, she cried, she lied, and it was absolutely heart-breaking watching her try to name her attacker.

Once the team think they have found her abuser, they feel they are doing the right thing when two other girls come forward and say they have been abused too. An investigation into the man begins, and the team doesn't have a doubt that they are doing absolutely the right thing.

In some ways the episode's ending is positive, but it's also incredibly sad. It shows a different victims that can be present after abuse accusations. I don't want to give anything away, but there is a typical "Law and Order" twist. A stunning episode.


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