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Legitimate Rape 

A sports reporter who became pregnant after a rape goes through torture when she takes the accused rapist to court.


Jonathan Herron


Dick Wolf (created by), Kevin Fox | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Lauren Cohan ... Avery Jordan
Robert T. Bogue ... Jason Hollis (as Robert Bogue)
Elizabeth Marvel ... Rita Calhoun
Ned Eisenberg ... Roger Kressler
Jayne Houdyshell ... Judge Ruth Linden
Jenna Stern ... Judge Elana Barth
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Fritz Showalter
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
David Marciano ... Rick Purcell


A sports reporter who became pregnant after a rape goes through torture when she takes the accused rapist to court.

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Release Date:

27 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Both David Marciano and Dany Pino both appeared in the FX show The Shield. In reversed roles, Marciano plays a police detective while Pino plays a horrific serial rapist. See more »


Rafael Barba: [to Avery about Rick Purcell] If you'll agree to press charges, we can get a warrant for his computer, his home, his office.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Avery] This video was taken before the rape, right?
Avery Jordan: Yes. What does that have to do with anything?
Rafael Barba: It speaks to an escalating pattern of obsession and harassment. If we can tie him to the stalking, it'll make the case for rape that much stronger.
Detective Olivia Benson: It also makes it more difficult for the defense to claim that it was consensual.
Avery Jordan: Consensual? I had bruises.
Amanda Rollins: The defense will ...
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To knavesub1
27 September 2014 | by RichardMcMahonWFSee all my reviews

First of all , I will agree that law enforcement officers agree to uphold the law when they become such & that when the fail to do so, they should be fired & prosecuted for what they did.

But, I wish to disagree with what you said. From my point of view, a rapist should NOT have ANY rights to see the child their action resulted in. Their action is a crime, according to US law, and when you commit a crime, there's a LOT of rights you lose. How would it be right, in your opinion, for someone who committed the crime of rape to have ANY rights towards what that crime ultimately resulted in (birth of a child)? To be honest, I would think that, as a woman, you'd be against rapists having rights towards the human being their actions resulted in.

Not to mention the fact that the juror hung on "legit rape" would NEVER have been an issue in the first place, as they would be been immediately dismissed upon their view (legit rape does not result in pregnancy/a woman would fight back in the case of legit rape) being revealed, nor would the rapist's status as bio-father or his willingness to pay child support have been a factor in a judge allowing ANY sort of visitation rights in real life. Most, if not the majority of, judges would NEVER allow a rapist parental rights towards the child they fathered. Plus, the rape victim was NOT a fugitive, at least not until AFTER she would have fled the country with her kid. And, Det. Benson did NOT break the law, unless she was the one who escorted the woman to whatever airport.

In my opinion, the fact that you have the beliefs you do towards rape, as well as your interpretation of the law, with your status as a cop, makes me hope NO woman EVER deals with you in a rape situation. Oh, and the sad fact is, there ARE people sworn to uphold the law who bend & break it & do not get punished. That is life. Deal with it. You, madam, are a disgrace to both the law profession & women everywhere.

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