Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 14, Episode 8

Lessons Learned (21 Nov. 2012)

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A retired English teacher's suicide sheds light on a long-secret sex abuse scandal at a prestigious boy's prep school.

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A retired English teacher's suicide sheds light on a long-secret sex abuse scandal at a prestigious boy's prep school.

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This storyline is a not-so-subtle reference to the sexual abuse scandal at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale. In 2012, multiple allegations were revealed by former students from as long ago as the early 1970s, directed at long-time teachers at HMS. See more »

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[to a support group for sexual abuse victims]
Detective Olivia Benson: Gentlemen, if I may? I've been doing this for a long time, and I understand the shame and the stigma. But keeping the abuse secret... doesn't make it go away.
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22 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode, "Lessons Learned" is one of the most superb TV episodes of any show I have seen in years.

The episode was poignant, blunt, truthful, realistic, and well written. In real life, so many prestigious universities and schools cover up the abuse of their students to avoid tarnishing their reputations and losing tuition dollars or Federal funding. Lives are destroyed. Emotional pain occurs. I have seen first hand how closely guarded secrets can destroy. A child tells his parents how an uncle or next door neighbor abused him and the child is dismissed. The abuser continues on harming more children and the emotional pain ensues for the rest of his life. What can society say to him, except that society accepts child abuse if it's nicely packaged and presented to us with a pretty bow.

Excellent episode. Law & Order SVU continues to have story lines that blows its audience away!! Superb!!


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