The team tries to persuade a disabled woman who cannot speak confront and identify her rapist in court, while also protecting her from her angry, abusive sister.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Janice Raleigh
Executive A.D.A. Garrett Blaine
Tony Griegs
Cara Raleigh (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)
Mark Hubbard
Adam Grupper ...
Director of Home Healing
Caren Browning ...


A woman who appears to have been sexually assaulted is brought to the hospital. The doctor calls SVU and they arrive but problem is that the woman can't speak so she can't tell them who did it. They also learn that the woman is being beaten. So they wonder did the one who assaulted also beat her or was she beaten by someone else. They discover that ones who did that to her are close to her and they have to find a way to handle it. Written by

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24 March 2010 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During her interrogation by Fin and Dr. Huang, Janice Raleigh (played by Jill Scott) says she was not considered special like her opera star sister because, "I can't sing." In reality, Jill Scott is a multi-platinum Grammy winning R&B singer. See more »


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Odafin Tutuola: [to Damien] How much money did Janice take?
Damien Woods: Almost 60 grand.
Odafin Tutuola: Well, that sounds bad to me. What's she got to do to make you face it?
Damien Woods: My aunt doesn't blame her, so why should l? Growing up, they didn't have much, but whenever Cara needed something, she got it.
Olivia Benson: That doesn't give her the right to beat Cara with soap and skim her bank accounts.
Damien Woods: So what happens now?
Olivia Benson: Your mom is going to prison and unless you tell us the truth, a rapist goes free.
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A bad hand in life
3 June 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lisa Arrindell has been dealt one terrible hand in life. In the last stages of multiple sclerosis she can only communicate by blinking once for yes and twice for no. She certainly did not physical abuse and rape in her life.

I could certainly relate to this particular SVU case. In my working life at NYS Crime Victims Board the oldest claimant I ever had was a 102 year old woman. Would you believe she was sexually abused?

When disabled ambulance drivers find her looking disheveled and injured forensics determines she was raped. Her abuse is not long forthcoming and it's been long term. What Benson and Stabler determine that both were not from the same person.

With the most minimal of dialog (zero) Lisa Arrindell steals the show as one frightened victim.

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