Nina Metz: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ is a sanitized fantasy as the real division in New York is investigated | app

CHICAGO — Last summer, federal prosecutors announced an investigation into the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Division and its handling of sexual abuse cases. The allegations include a decade-long history of “failing to carry out basic investigative steps and instead shaming and abusing survivors and re-traumatizing them during investigations.”

It’s the opposite of what we see on the NBC crime drama “Law & Order: SVU,” now in its 24th season. Abuse survivors and re-traumatize them? Olivia Benson would never do that. Just last week, the fictional police captain played by Mariska Hargitay told a smiling young man accused of assaulting his girlfriend: “Do you think that’s funny? SVU takes these kinds of allegations” – dramatic pause – “very seriously”.

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