SVU, Episode 11.16
Production number: 11016
First aired: 17 March 2010
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ADA Cabot Witness
Written By
Christine M. Torres & Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
David Platt


A young woman claims to have been raped in her apartment building's stairwell. The detectives investigate the possibility that she fabricated the rape only to get attention, but later find themselves desperately tracking an eyewitness who saw the attack then disappeared because she fears being deported to her home country of Congo, and the almost certain rape and violence that await her there. Ultimately, Cabot and the witness put the rapist away for his crimes, and it gives the witness hope for justice for people raped in the Congo and even though she's granted asylum, she decides to return to the Congo to help other rape victims there. The witness' story affects Cabot so much that she decides to take a leave of absence to join an international task force prosecuting sex crimes in areas of conflict such as the Congo.


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Office of
Building Superintendent
251 West 17th Street
Thursday, February 4

Apartment of
Lainie McCallumt
251 West 17th Street
Friday, February 5

251 West 17th Street
Tuesday, February 9

Drogan's Pub
199 Seventh Avenue
Thursday, February 11

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Elizabeth Detention
625 Evans Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Monday, February 15

Supreme Court
Trial Part 34
Monday, March 15

Supreme Court
Trial Part 34
Monday, March 15

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