|First Appearance||Devastating Story|
Heather Manning is a college student who was raped by a fraternity student named Conner Howell.
After arriving at Hudson University, Manning went on a date with the hockey team captain, Brian Mackey. When they got back to his dorm room, they started kissing, but Manning passed out from the alcohol she had consumed. When she woke up, Mackey's fraternity brother, Conner Howell, was raping her and after the assault, Manning ran out of the fraternity house as the other frat boys throw beer cups at her while calling her a slut. Manning then reported the sexual assault to President Roberts, who said that when she passed out she could have been raped by multiple men, Roberts then questions Manning to the point where she felt to intimidated to press charges and the case was dropped. A few days after the assault, one of the fraternity brothers tried to humiliate Manning by giving her the underwear she wore the night of the assault.
Eventually, Manning reported the rape to a professor named Jessica Dillon, who encouraged her to tell her story on a popular television show called "America's Worst Crimes" and to exaggerate what happened to her by saying that she was gang raped by four of the fraternity students.
Devastating Story Edit
When she appears on the show and is interviewed by Skip Peterson, Manning, while keeping her identity hidden and using the name "Jane", tells him that she was gang raped. As a result national attention is brought to the epidemic of rape on campus. At a rape rally where other students reveal how they had been assaulted and not believed, Manning reveals that she is "Jane" and how traumatic her ordeal was. Manning and Dillon then appear at the precinct where they tell Sergeant Olivia Benson and Amanda Rollins how she had been assaulted, after which the SVU detectives bring the fraternity brothers in for questioning and eventually arrest them. Manning continues to tell others that she was gang raped, but during a press conference, she says that she was raped by six fraternity students instead of four, after which Benson questions her about the inconsistencies and says it would be best if she stopped speaking to the press but Manning says that she can't because she has become the face of a movement.
When it is revealed that one of the men she said raped her was miles away playing a soccer game at the time of the assault, Manning and Dillon are brought into A.D.A. Rafael Barba's office and Dillon is taken away by Rollins so Manning can be questioned by Barba, during Barba's questioning it is revealed that Manning's rape was partially fabricated. After the truth is revealed, Howell and the frat boys who were arrested are all released. Manning then comes back to the precinct to apologizes for what happened to Benson and tells her that she was still raped by Howell, Benson tells Manning that she is sorry for her but there is nothing that can be done. (SVU: "Devastating Story")