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20 Law & Order: SVU Episodes That Were Ripped From The Headlines

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“DEVASTATING STORY,” SEASON 16, EPISODE 18

SVU true stories ripped headlines

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This episode was almost an exact replica of the real-life case on which it was based. It begins when Benson witnesses a news story in which a college student, Heather Manning goes on a popular TV show to confess that she was gang-raped by several fraternity brothers on her campus. The story becomes a national sensation, only to be complicated when evidence comes forward that some of Manning’s facts may have been inaccurate. In case you don’t remember, it’s pretty much exactly what happened to “Jackie” (as she was named for the article) at the University of Virginia. Her devastating story in Rolling Stone got an unbelievable amount of attention, only for the whole thing to blow up after a serious lack of fact-checking came to light.

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