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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- Season 17

Law & Order: SVU (NBC) Full Episode & Recap - "Forty-One Witnesses"

"Forty-One Witnesses"

Many witnesses, no 9-1-1 calls. A woman's cries for help fall on deaf ears.

A woman, drunk and high on Special K, is taken from a café 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 café, 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.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- Season 17

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