Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3, Episode 1

Repression (28 Sep. 2001)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Ramsey
Evan Ramsey
Dr. Wharton
Meghan Ramsey
Lily Ramsey


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. Written by Megan

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The abusive parents have the last name Ramsey. This was inspired by the Jon Bennett Ramsey case. See more »


[Megan's sisters arrive for questioning]
Captain Donald Cragen: Okay, separate rooms. See if either one confirms Megan's story. Meanwhile, I'll see if I can wear down Mom with my charm.
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23 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The third season of SVU started with a young girl who is the eldest of three daughters of Amy Irving and Brian Kerwin coming the squad and reporting a rape to Mariska Hargitay. Sad to say though the perpetrator she says is her father.

As it is there is tension in the family anyway. Kerwin is the son-in-law of a powerful tycoon with whom he just wrested away control of his company. This accusation from out of left field as he sees it has messed his world up pretty good.

Though he's released as the squad tries to gather sufficient evidence for a case, Kerwin is then found shot to death in his office and they've got a family full of potential suspects.

Presiding over all of this is Shirley Knight a psychotherapist with a few issues of her own and using outmoded and discredited methods of treatment. It turns out she's the bottom of all the problems.

Knight is truly some piece of work and what happens with her should serve almost like a public service announcement for people if they're seeking mental health treatment research carefully whom you seek it from.

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