Salute to the well-argued piece about Law and Order: SVU from the perspective of a survivor of sexual assault. From Stacey Mae Fowles:
Any rape survivor who has watched her rapist live out his life in relative bliss, while hers is a wreckage of fear and mistrust, will tell you that justice is a fiction we all consent to. While she struggles through the slow tedium of recovery others live in willful ignorance, believing that some sort of redemption is possible. The survivor lives a life redefined by the actions of another—every victory against him, every loss endured in his shadow.
via “The Truth Is Embarrassing”: Olivia Benson and the Timeline of Trauma.