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The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

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Series cast summary:
Mariska Hargitay ...  Olivia Benson 448 episodes, 1999-2019
Ice-T ...  Odafin Tutuola / ... 426 episodes, 2000-2019
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In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. Written by John Craig

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In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. See more »


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20 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Law & Order's Sex Crimes See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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As of the end of season seventeen, Olivia Benson and Dominick Carisi, Jr. are the only detectives to have not been shot in the line of duty. See more »

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SVU detectives unbelievably aggressive
5 January 2006 | by vauntinglySee all my reviews

If I were ever in the situation that stabler and benson puts their innocent suspects in, I would sue the SVU unit for harassment and defamation. Too often are stabler and benson, along with the rest of the SVU crew, unnecessarily aggressive towards suspects. They treat the suspects as already convicted criminals, and too often jump to the wrong conclusions about innocent suspects without all the facts in.

Compare this with the original and CI. Both green and briscoe and goren and eames are much more unassuming about their suspects. That isn't to say they don't get hunches and play on them, it's just that they are much more discrete about it--like they don't make wild accusations of "rapist" and "murderer" before all the facts are in, as stabler and benson do pretty much every episode.

Maybe it's just that it seems as if stabler and benson take the crimes to personally, which I find unbelievable for two detectives working exclusively on sexually based offenses. Actually, to begin with, I find it unbelievable that a rape victim would be allowed by any law enforcement agency to work exclusively on rape cases, due to the inherent emotional involvement benson already would have. Anyways, in these types of situations, like doctors who work in the ER or OR, people tend to emotionally distance or detach themselves from their work. Especially in police work--if detectives become fixated on one suspect, they leave all other options closed due to their obsession. I have too much faith in American law enforcement that I would ever believe that a police department would tolerate such aggressive and emotionally charged tactics, and, like I mentioned earlier, tolerate the swarm of lawsuits those two cops must bring on from suspects they had no civility towards and immediately assumed guilt upon at a whim.

Moreover, the evident emotional involvement of stabler and benson would suggest that neither of them hold very substantial lives outside work because how could they separate their emotional involvement in work from their family lives?

If you are a regular viewer of SVU, I challenge you to keep a running count of how many suspects in SVU are blatantly accused of rape or murder, who, later in the episode, turn out to be innocent when stabler and benson get around to finding out some facts. I did, and counted five in one episode.


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