Why Was <i>Law & Order SVU</i>'s Benson Spared This Violation?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Like pretty much every woman I know, I have a major crush on Olivia Benson, the character inhabited by the subtly sexy Mariska Hargitay. Benson is one of the most badass cops on television, and she's a woman, who will pistol whip perpetrators of the city's most "heinous crimes" without batting a perfectly kohl-pencil-lined eye. But what also makes her unmistakably "good police," is her ability to empathize with the victims of sex crimes, never second-guess or patronize them, and certainly never slut-shame victims of sexual assault. So, like most of my woman-crushes, I pretty much want to BE Olivia Benson. She's self-sufficient, completely fulfilled by her career, and in the past few seasons has had relationships with men (yes, Liv dates! and currently is in a relationship with dreamboat Brian Cassidy, played by Dean Winters).
I'm not saying she's without her issues: she's had a rough childhood, being the child of rape, a fact that compelled her career to give voices to the victims o
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