Benson’s in a tricky spot.
She’s at all times the voice talking up for survivors, not their assailants.
However on Regulation & Order: SVU Season 23 Episode 21, she needed to resolve whether or not to forgive the person who had taken benefit of her when she was sixteen.
Tales about supposedly reformed abusers are difficult to jot down.
As statistics present, most abusers do not change. They solely faux to in order that they’ll suck somebody again into their lure.
And even when an abuser does handle to show over a brand new leaf, writing a redemption story the place he establishes a relationship with a former sufferer needs to be accomplished very fastidiously. In any other case, it could be perceived as sending the message that survivors ought to give their abusers one other probability to harm them.
As difficult as this story was to drag off, SVU did it effectively.
Benson needed to forgive Burton however could not fairly do it, which was appropriately.
Because it was, she was spending far an excessive amount of time with him. It was one factor to satisfy with him to listen to his try at making amends, however she should not have gone to his AA assembly, and he or she positively should not have questioned him herself about Beverly Morrison’s accusation.
Burton: Look,, Livvie, I am sorry.
Benson: Sorry for what? For abusing girls? For utilizing girls? For utilizing alcohol as an excuse?
Benson did not lose sight of what Burton had accomplished, although, and he or she did not preserve greater than a distant friendship with him, so these have been factors in her favor.
She had Fin watching her again, and he wasn’t about to place up with any nonsense.
Fin did not imagine Burton had modified, and he had no purpose to suppose so.
Burton was yet one more perp — and one which had taken benefit of Benson when she was a susceptible teenager who was in search of a father determine.
He did not have the bags Benson did and will dimension up Burton extra clearly. However was Fin too cynical for his personal good?
To this point, Burton is making all the fitting strikes, however it’s onerous to inform how critical he’s about altering.
Every part he stated about realizing that what he did to Benson was flawed was good phrases, however finally they have been simply phrases, and I want Benson hadn’t responded in type when he stated that regardless of what he did to her, he actually did love her.
Alternatively, he did plead responsible to rape when his lawyer thought he might win at trial as a result of he needed to do no matter it took to make amends for his earlier conduct with different girls.
That counted for one thing, particularly since that case wasn’t as clear-cut because it appeared. Beverly Morrison felt taken benefit of as a result of she was drunk, and he or she’s proper — there is no capacity to consent once you’re extremely intoxicated.
However Burton was additionally so intoxicated he did not keep in mind what he did, so it wasn’t the identical as if he was sober or only a bit tipsy and he or she was drunk off her ass.
Hopefully, this would be the finish of his relationship with Benson. She wished him effectively, and so they parted methods. She had the sense to not let him wherever close to Noah, and he or she does not appear inquisitive about reigniting no matter flame she as soon as thought she had for Burton.
In the meantime, Carisi’s disaster of religion might final gone the tip of the hour.
He had visited the church within the first place as a result of he needed Father Duffy to arrange pre-cana for him and Rollins, despite the fact that he hadn’t even proposed but. However will he nonetheless wish to try this now?
Will he suggest in any respect, or is he too distracted by not realizing how he feels about God or the Catholic Church after this expertise?
This is not the primary time Carisi’s needed to take care of corruption and violence on the a part of monks, however this one hit too near dwelling for him. His friendship with Father Duffy wasn’t sturdy sufficient to get Duffy to desert his vows and cease Father Regis’ reign of terror.
Duffy: Sonny. Are you continue to asking a priest to interrupt his vows?
Carisi: No. I am asking you to look into your coronary heart. I am asking you to look into your soul. We each understand how the church works. He’ll be transferred to a different parish and he’s going to rape once more. What if subsequent time it is a baby?
And worse, a priest was raping susceptible girls who got here to him within the confessional. The truth that the church might preserve transferring Father Regis as a substitute of kicking him out the primary time it occurred needed to have bothered Carisi.
Carisi defended the church within the wake of kid molestation scandals previously, and this time he tried to guard his good friend. Nevertheless it all added as much as him questioning whether or not Catholicism is admittedly for him.
Carisi’s mom may need one thing to say about that at his subsequent Sunday dinner!
The confessional seal query is attention-grabbing, and Carisi’s indictment of it was highly effective.
However finally, Father Duffy might solely be anticipated to do what he did: level Carisi in one other path.
The confessional seal is absolute; not like medical doctors or different mandated reporters, monks can not break the confidentiality of the confession field for ANY purpose, not even to save lots of a life.
That is the place Carisi’s disaster of religion is admittedly coming from. He wonders what sort of God might demand a priest flip a blind eye to injustice, and felt that if his good friend was the person he was speculated to be, he would break these vows for the sake of all these Father Regis might nonetheless goal.
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