Law & Or­der: SVU Sea­son 18

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - – S. In­dra­malar

EIGH­TEEN sea­sons, over 390 episodes and still one of my favourite pro­ce­du­rals on TV. With Mariska Har­gi­tay still hold­ing the lead as Lieu­tenant Olivia Ben­son, the show fol­lows a team of NYPD de­tec­tives who hunt down sex­ual preda­tors each week.

It’s not sur­pris­ing that the se­ries has lasted so long; flip through the news­pa­per each day and we come across news on sex­ual crime com­mit­ted not just in the United States but on our own home­ground.

Brutes abound ev­ery­where and the sto­ries on SVU are far more than to en­ter­tain. The sto­ries are of­ten “ripped from the head­lines”. They are real and the se­ries is a plat­form to ed­u­cate.

It’s never all right to sex­u­ally as­sault a child, a wo­man or a man. No means no. Si­lence doesn’t mean con­sent. The vic­tim is never at fault and should al­ways speak out and re­port a crime. Th­ese are lessons we must take in.

This is why, to me, the show is so suc­cess­ful and should keep on go­ing. The lives of the reg­u­lar char­ac­ters are in­ter­est­ing but al­ways sec­ondary. Way to go, SVU.

Law & Or­der: SVU Sea­son 18 airs ev­ery Thurs­day at 8pm on Diva (Astro Ch 702).

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