At a party, a young woman is assaulted in the bathroom, and her assailant ends up dead. The girl leaves the ambulance before SVU can talk to her. Is this a case of self-defence, or something far more complex?

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... Elliot Stabler
... Olivia Benson
... John Munch
... Alexandra Cabot
... Odafin Tutuola
... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
... Donald Cragen
... Morty Berger
... Cheryl Avery
... Eddie Cappilla
... CSU Technician Burt Trevor
... Judge Mark Seligman
... Trial Psychiatrist
... Assistant District Attorney
Caren Browning ... CSU Captain Judith Siper
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At a party, a young woman is assaulted in the bathroom, and her assailant ends up dead. The girl leaves the ambulance before SVU can talk to her. Is this a case of self-defence, or something far more complex?

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Christopher Meloni has picture of his wife, daughter and himself on his desk. See more »

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Cheryl Avery: When I was seven, I knew I was different. I mean, every night I'd go to bed dreaming about being a girl.
Dr. George Huang: Well, how did you handle that?
Cheryl Avery: Forced myself to be a boy.
Dr. George Huang: That must have been difficult.
Cheryl Avery: Yeah, I played with G.I. Joes when I wanted to dress up Barbies.
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Transgender issues!!!!
28 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I am a very big fan of this show and this is one of the most unusual episodes i have ever seen. I personally haven't encountered any person with a gender identity crisis but going by this episode i guess most people in an advanced and open minded country like the USA haven't either. I am not ashamed to say this but i sympathized with the character of Cheryl Avery 100% in-spite of what or who she is. Portrayed very delicately and beautifully by actress Katherine Moennig (oscar winner Gywneth Paltrow's cousin)i understood first hand what issues (mostly problems)people like Cheryl Avery goes through in their lives. Its sad enough that she is who she is because of hormonal imbalances in her body(unfortunately beyond her control) but society seems to have a huge problem accepting the fact that she is at peace with her problem and just cant let her be. People are virulently xenophobic and paranoid to even have an open mind about things they don't know and understand like the situation with Cheryl Avery. Its the truth. I am afraid i cant reveal much about Cheryl's problem without giving away a lot of the story (spoilers) so i must continue referring to her problem by being vague about it. I will certainly be kind and understanding to the Cheryl's i meet in life. This episode has done that to me. And it has a lot to do with the fact that i have fallen in love with Katherine Moennig. She was just incredible.Bravo! SVU. Hope for more episodes like this one.I became an even bigger fan of SVU because of this episode. Keep up the good work!!!


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