One of the most practical aspects of “SVU” is how sexual assault cases are handled. Mariska Hargitay herself has spent much of her life dealing with these malpractices, including the backlog of rape testing kits as shown in the documentary “I Am the Proof” (via The decision). Another issue that is often addressed is the statute of limitations. According to Season 1, Episode 14, “Limit”, which has a 5-year statute of limitations on sexual assault offenders, causes many problems for survivors seeking justice. Thankfully, in 2019 the statute of limitations for second and third degree rape was extended to 20 years and 10 years respectively in New York State (via Democracy & Chronicles).
Some Redditors had trouble watching this first episode of “SVU”. “Part 1, Limits. I’m a rape victim and someone who got away with some serious religious brainwashing, so when I see a woman say she’s at peace (when she’s clearly lying to herself) and refuses to give her rapist’s name? Violent Rage,” posted u / Th3ChosenFew. The commenter went on to say that there were times when “SVU” felt frustrated, especially because of their personal relationship and that many other viewers likely felt the same way. The theme of the series is often difficult to watch, knowing how many people in real life have such experiences.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, be ready to help. Sightseeing Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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