As acting commander of the SVU, Sergeant Olivia Benson is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all. She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape, and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to each victim in need of help.
When Fin crosses international borders to catch a fugitive rapist, a political tug-of-war derails Barba's legal case. Meanwhile, shocking allegations against Benson lead to the return of an old friend.
The bizarre details of a woman's rape put the SVU at odds when Rollins and Carisi think her story is fabricated. Meanwhile, Benson goes on the offensive when her personal life is scrutinized.
When a man is found castrated and left for dead, Rollins and Carisi uncover three female suspects with possible motives. Meanwhile, Langan brings devastating news for Benson.
A teenager disappears after schoolmates make her the subject of a vicious cyberbullying attack.
A 10-year-old kidnapping case is reopened when a young woman is found wandering Central Park alone. Meanwhile, Carisi's conversation with a newspaper reporter puts him in hot water.
A teenage girl is found dead leading Rollins to go undercover at the last place she was seen alive, a high-end rehab center. Meanwhile, Benson tries to overcome her doubts about Sheila.
Benson must disclose secrets of her past to help a rape victim recall details of a traumatic night.
The cops get tangled in an elaborate online hoax that leads to the rape of a popular social media star. Meanwhile, Benson sets firm ground rules with Sheila.
Emotions run high as the squad embarks on a frantic search for Benson's missing son.
The SVU investigates a case involving two students in special needs school and Rollins discovers that one child's medical issues stem from a surprising source.
An airline pilot accuses her captain of sexual assault, so Barba convenes a grand jury to determine their employer's complicity in the crime. Fin ensures that Benson is protected at work.
Benson and Barba must put their political beliefs aside when a female pundit is assaulted during a protest.
An infant goes missing and the SVU take sides during the family's right-to-die case. Barba's interference in the case puts the DA's office in jeopardy.
A doctor arrested for sexually abusing his patients is set free after Cassidy's testimony causes a mistrial.
Carisi opens a police investigation when his niece reports a classmate for sexual assault and Stone learns that there are no perfect witnesses when it comes to sex crimes.
A girl's tragic death becomes a criminal case when a surgeon harvests her organs without parental consent.
A student disappears on a school trip to New York City, leading cops to race to find a masked man. Fin and Stone get visits from family.
The SVU must break through military red tape when a soldier is suspected of sexual assault.
The search for an abducted woman and her young daughter leads Lt. Benson to cross paths with an old friend. Stone must make a tough decision on behalf of his sister.
Rollins races to rescue a girl being held captive by her father.
Fin investigates a man's claim that his sister was gang raped.
An Alzheimer's patient claims she was raped, but her illness casts doubt on the case; Fin's sergeant orders come in.
In part 1 of a 2-part season finale, a young woman takes a man hostage at gunpoint and Benson makes a dangerous move to diffuse the situation. The SVU discovers the shocking motive behind the abduction.