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Pattern Seventeen 

SVU is dealing with a serial rapist whose specific pattern connects him to several other rapes across the country, but connecting the dots becomes a jurisdictional and logistical nightmare.


Martha Mitchell


Dick Wolf (created by), Kevin Fox

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro (credit only)
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba (credit only)
Harry Hamlin ... Chief Charles Patton
Jayne Houdyshell ... Judge Ruth Linden
Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
Jordan Lage ... Albert Beck
Samantha Futerman ... Annie Lin
Myk Watford ... Captain Sam Reynolds
Michael Kostroff ... Evan Braun
Lou Martini Jr. ... Dr. Joseph Conklin
Lizzy DeClement ... Beth Burns


When a series of young, petite girls are assaulted in the early morning hours, Detective Rollins matches the pattern to several rapes she worked in Atlanta. When she finds that the victims' rape kits were never tested, Atlanta SVU Chief Patton claims none of the cases were worth pursuing. Intense media scrutiny and the lack of a suspect brings the heat down on Sgt. Benson, who has to face Chief Dodds and their commanders in a CompStat briefing. Meanwhile, a family court judge threatens to remove baby Noah from Benson's care. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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10 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Olivia Benson: Albert Beck is a serial rapist who moved from state to state, year after year. But because so many cities are seriously underfunded, and the legal system doesn't take crimes against women seriously, his DNA was never tested from the rape kits. What is the point of having a national DNA database, if the rapist's DNA is never entered into it?
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Best of the season
18 January 2015 | by Originator1994See all my reviews

Not only is this episode riveting in nature, but it brings to light a fact so many are unaware of...cold cases sitting on a shelf waiting for a DNA analysis that won't be tested because of a lack of funds. This is nation wide and nothing new but the cost to run them is expensive and generally not in the budgets of public safety and those that do get tested are generally of a more heinous nature. And yes, better communication between agencies far and wide would help speed up cases getting solved.

Am so glad this was brought up in this episode and hope that the powers that be in the television and movie industry keep inserting this oh so important message into their programs and keep it out there so that the importance of funding can be made available to those that's need it. It really should be in front of Congress...

And while at it, human trafficking is yet another gigantic problem in this country. Be aware of what what is going on around you and don't be afraid to get involved. It just may save a life

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