SVU, Episode 11.17
Production number: 11017
First aired: 17 March 2010
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Janice Benson Disabled
Written By
Judith McCreary

Directed By
Paul Black


Detectives Benson and Stabler are called in to investigate when a disabled woman, Cara Raleigh, who has locked-in syndrome secondary to multiple sclerosis, is beaten and raped. Though the victim's condition has rendered her unable to speak, the detectives soon deduce that someone close to her is responsible, with the lead suspects being her resentful sister and troubled nephew. As the investigation continues, Benson and Stabler strive to make Cara comfortable with coming forward to stand up for herself and illuminating some of the disturbing truths about the assisted living business.


Episode summary


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Episode references


  • Olivia [after Benson has begun aggressively interrogating Cara]: You think I'm a bitch, don't you?
    (Cara blinks once - "yes")
    Olivia: You're not the first.

Background information & notes

  • During her interrogation, Janice bitterly notes that, unlike her sister, "I can't sing"; in real life, the actress who plays her, Jill Scott, is an accomplished singer whose music has sold more than two million albums and won three Grammy Awards.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Raleigh Residence
57 West 60th Street
Tuesday, March 16

Home Healing
478 West 49th Street
Tuesday, March 16

Apartment of
Mark Hubbard
56 Catherine Street
Tuesday, March 16

12779 Flatlands Avenue Brooklyn, New York
Friday, March 19

5 6 7

Group Nursing Home
361 West 35th Street
Friday, March 19

Day Care Center
435 West 24th Street
Monday, March 22

Supreme Court
Trial Part 36
Wednesday, March 24

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