As mentioned in Mariska Hargitay’s article speaking about rape on college campuses across the country and trying to get viewers to tune in to this past Wednesday’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, I (as a victim) feel especially let down by the episode.
Having been raped and almost killed before, that may have played a role in why I never wanted to dorm at college – I always wanted to be a commuter. Honestly, I actually never even wanted to go to college in the first place. That’s a pretty damn expensive piece of paper you end up with. So maybe subconsciously that’s why I didn’t want to go off to college somewhere.
Highly unlikely though, even given my obsessive research about rape statistics, I wasn’t aware that 1 in 4 women were raped in college. That’s a staggering statistic, and this episode showed a lot of promise, it did. However, some of the circumstances were so ridiculous and near unbelievable that it ruined any credibility the episode may have carried. And unlike other heavily political episodes (note: I said heavily political), there was no actual PSA at the end of the episode. The L&O franchise is known for being political, and usually they’re quite heavy handed about it, so for a PSA to be missing, in an episode where many of the cast members are passionate about trying to end violence against women, it felt like a failed publicity stunt.
For something so important, I’m disappointed. I expected much more, especially of Mariska, knowing how close of a cause this is to her. Then again, it’s not like she has any control over the writing.