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The Tau Omega Fraternity is a fictional fraternity with chapters in Wallace University and Tompkins Square University (TSU) that often comes under investigation by the Manhattan Special Victims Unit.


This fraternity first came into SVU's crosshairs after a member of the frat at Wallace University named Tyler Henry was raped and murdered with a violin bow. It is later discovered that the killer, Will Carey, was himself a victim of rape at the hands of the pledge master, Rob Sweeney. Rob was charged and convicted of rape while Will was convicted of murder when the frat's ledger was revealed to the police. The ledger also documented other incidents and was like a how to manuel for rape. (SVU: "Brotherhood")

A few years later at the TSU chapter, Taylor and Emily Culphers went to a party at Tau Omega where Emily was kidnapped by a man posing as a frat member named Peter. Taylor stayed at the frat and had sex with a frat brother named Merc, unaware of her age. Merc was later arrested by Rollins and Fin while they looked for the girls. (SVU: "Friending Emily")

The TSU frat came under scrutiny again when three Tau brothers, Travis Holmes, Wesley Grimes, and Carter Pressman were accused of raping a girl named Lindsay Bennett. After SVU detectives investigated they discovered the University had been burying rape complaints of other girls including Renee Clark and Alyson who were all raped by Travis and other brothers. When Lindsay committed suicide, her rapists made a recorded internet confession. As a result, everyone involved in the rapes and subsequent cover-up were arrested. Renee started a college rape prevention organization called STAR not long after. (SVU: "Girl Dishonored")

When a girl named Lily Evans went missing, she was connected to a member named Diego and SVU sets up a sting to catch him using one of his Tau brothers. (SVU: "Melancholy Pursuit")

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