As acting commander of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Emmy Award®-winner Mariska Hargitay) leads a team of dedicated detectives seeking to bring sexually violent criminals to justice. Season 18 features guest appearances by Henry Thomas ("E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"), Kelli Williams ("The Practice") and Vice President Joe Biden.
A young boy is found wandering alone in Central Park and the search for his parents leads to startling evidence of a planned mass casualty event in the city.
After 16 years in prison, a convicted rapist (guest star Henry Thomas) is exonerated due to newly tested DNA evidence.
A man tears a family apart when he uses a prominent fake identity to lure a vulnerable wife and mother into his bed.
An athlete is the victim of sexual assault, but her secret double life could ruin both the case against her attacker and her Olympic future.
A sergeant (guest star Anthony Edwards) makes Benson (Mariska Hargitay) choose between loyalty and duty when his son is accused of rape.
A record label CEO (guest star Wyclef Jean) and his protégé are questioned for their involvement in the assault of a transgender student
A woman is sexually assaulted by a masked man, but she believes the rapist is the same man who went to jail for stalking her.
A 6 year old boy disappears from his bed in the midst of a wild, drug fueled party thrown by his mother.
The powerful family of a retail empire closes ranks when a bartender accuses one of their own of rape.
400th episode directed by Mariska Hargitay. A teenaged boy uses a rifle to stop an assault on his mother, but soon learns the target was someone he knows.
The SVU investigates the players of a top youth hockey team after a vicious locker room hazing.
Fin revisits his military roots when a fellow Army Ranger struggles to recover from a sexual assault.
An investigation hits a nerve with Benson (Mariska Hargitay) when a suspect claims his genetics causes him to commit rape.
A top level investment banker (Missy Peregrym) accuses her billionaire client of rape (Tate Donovan).
A man under investigation for rape and murder threatens to expose the secrets of those working the case.
Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor (guest star Bonnie Somerville) makes an on air disclosure of rape against her boss.
A congressman (guest star James Waterston) falsely accused of soliciting underage girls asks SVU to debunk the rumor, but the investigation leads to a real sex trafficking ring.
The SVU investigates a charismatic spiritual healer (guest star Stuart Townsend) when a client claims he incapacitated and assaulted her using hypnosis.
When a young woman is raped by a member of her church group, Barba (Raúl Esparza) must argue that the First Amendment doesn't entitle a person to break the law.
A hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter.
The unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones.