Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode 17.12 Forty-One Witnesses
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode 17.12 Forty-One Witnesses

Episode Premiere
Feb 3, 2016
Genre
Drama, Crime
Production Company
NBC, Studios USA Television, Universal Network TV
Official Site
http://www.nbc.com/law-order-special-victims-unit
Episode Premiere
Feb 3, 2016
Genre
Drama, Crime
Period
1999 - Now
Production Co
NBC, Studios USA Television, Universal Network TV
Distributor
NBC
Official Site
http://www.nbc.com/law-order-special-victims-unit
Director
Michael Pressman
Screenwriter
Robert Brooks Cohen
Main Cast
Additional Cast
  • Andy Karl
  • Daveed Diggs as Counselor Henderson
  • Patrick Breen
  • Abby Miller
  • Anthony Ramos

A woman, drunk and high on Special K, is taken from a cafe back to her apartment building, where she is raped and beaten in a dark corner of the courtyard. Despite her cries for help, none of the residents who witnessed the attack call the police. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) calls it the bystander effect - sometimes more witnesses means less help.

Upon canvasing the cafe, Carisi (Peter Scanavino) obtains a witness' cell phone video of the three boys that assaulted the victim and uses it to get a positive ID. Unfortunately, they're all residents at a youth center and have likely returned to life on the street.

After catching two of the boys dealing weed and the other soliciting a john, SVU heads to court with a weak slate of witnesses afraid to testify for fear of retaliation. Luckily, a friend of the victim finally summons the courage to testify, helping convict the boys on all charges.