Olivia Benson is the kind of cop everyone hopes they get to talk to if they ever find themselves the victim of something as horrific as sexual assault.
She is empathetic, warm, and determined to do everything she can to make sure the survivors she encounters are taken care of, no matter who they are.
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Benson goes the extra mile too many times to count, but here are our picks for the top 21 occasions where she went far beyond the call of duty.
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Butting Heads With Stabler Over a Murder (Wanderlust, Season 1)
While investigating the death of a travel writer, Benson begins to suspect that his landlord's daughter did it. She had to confront Stabler with her belief that his fears for his own daughters were clouding his judgment of the case, standing up to her partner for the first time. She also had to continually confront the girl despite her explosive mother's threats against the department.
Trying to Reason with a Victim Turned Viglante (Closure Part II, Season 2)
When Benson became aware that a rape victim whose case she was unable to close was stalking her rapist, she went beyond the call of duty to try to intervene before it was too late. Sadly, she didn't stop rape survivor Harper Anderson from becoming a murderer.
Going Too Far to Help a Child (Abuse, Season 2)
The younger sister of a 10-year-old boy who died after being run over attached herself to Benson, who became convinced the little girl was being abused and allowed her to call her at all hours of the day or night for help. Unfortunately for Benson, the parents filed a restraining order and the child denied the abuse to get back at Benson for refusing to let her stay at her house, suggesting that sometimes going the extra mile wasn't the best idea.
Finding and Protecting a Mother in Danger (Protection, Season 3)
After a six-year-old was abandoned by his mother at the ER, the detectives discovered that the mother had a history of giving false names and disappearing after incidents like this. Benson pulled out all the stops to find this woman, especially after her son was killed, and get her to a safe place so that she can testify against the gang members who terrorized her family and murdered her son.
Investigating a Dirty Cop Without Permission (Rotten, Season 4)
Benson went all-out to catch a corrupt cop suspected of sodomizing and killing an arrestee, and paid for it. After going to the 29th Precinct without permission to look at the suspect's log book, she was docked 10 days pay for her behavior.
Helping an Alcoholic Mother Stop Drinking While Pregnant (Choice, Season 5)
When a case involving a woman assaulted at a bar led Benson to realize the woman had one child with fetal alcohol syndrome and was drinking while pregnant with another, Benson struggled with arresting her for violating a court order when she knew the woman's husband was pursuing it to harass her. She continually encouraged the woman throughout the court process and eventually got her to see that she was harming her children through her continued drinking.