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==Characterization==
 
==Characterization==
Series creator [[Dick Wolf]] has a daughter named Olivia and a son named Elliot,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/dick-wolf/bio/194137|title=Dick Wolf: Biography|publisher=[[TVGuide.com]]}}</ref> for whom he named the two lead detectives in the series. Wolf conceived Benson as a detective in the [[Manhattan]] Special Victims Unit, which investigates [[sex crimes]]. She is partnered with [[Elliot Stabler]] ([[Christopher Meloni]]). She is tough, [[empathy|empathetic]],<ref>{{cite book |last=Kukoff |first=David |authorlink= |title=Vault Guide to Television Writing Careers |publisher=Vault, Inc. |year=2006 |isbn=1-58131-371-3 |page=71}}</ref> and gets emotionally involved in cases.<ref name="sfgate">{{cite web|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1999/09/20/DD101510.DTL&hw=Olivia+Benson&sn=004&sc=271|title=Cops, Lawyers Ready to Roll Into Fall Season|last=Carman|first=John|date=September 20, 1999|work=[[San Francisco Chronicle]]|publisher=[[Hearst Corporation]]|accessdate=2009-05-12}}</ref> Executive producer and head writer [[Neal Baer]] has explained that she is "the empathetic, passionate voice for these victims",<ref name="msn"/> in contrast to Stabler, who embodies "the rage we feel, the 'How can this happen?' feeling".<ref name="msn"/> Of their partnership, Baer assessed that: "They both represent the feelings that we feel simultaneously when we hear about these cases. That's why they work so well together."<ref name="msn">{{cite web|url=http://entertainment1.sympatico.msn.ca/TV_Guide/Interviews/Insider/Articles/190207_mariskahargitay_GD|title=Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay speaks!|last=David|first=Greg|date=February 19, 2007|publisher=[[MSN]]|accessdate=2009-05-12}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref>
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Series creator [[Dick Wolf]] has a daughter named Olivia and a son named Elliot,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/dick-wolf/bio/194137|title=Dick Wolf: Biography|publisher=[[TVGuide.com]]}}</ref> for whom he named the two lead detectives in the series. Wolf conceived Benson as a detective in the [[Manhattan]] Special Victims Unit, which investigates [[sex crimes]]. She is partnered with [[Elliot Stabler]] ([[Christopher Meloni]]). She is tough, [[empathy|empathetic]],<ref>{{cite book |last=Kukoff |first=David |authorlink= |title=Vault Guide to Television Writing Careers |publisher=Vault, Inc. |year=2006 |isbn=1-58131-371-3 |page=71}}</ref> and gets emotionally involved in cases.<ref name="sfgate">{{cite web|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1999/09/20/DD101510.DTL&hw=Olivia+Benson&sn=004&sc=271|title=Cops, Lawyers Ready to Roll Into Fall Season|last=Carman|first=John|date=September 20, 1999|work=[[San Francisco Chronicle]]|publisher=[[Hearst Corporation]]|accessdate=2009-05-12}}</ref> Executive producer and head writer [[Warren Leight]] has explained that she is "the empathetic, passionate voice for these victims",<ref name="msn"/> in contrast to Stabler, who embodies "the rage we feel, the 'How can this happen?' feeling".<ref name="msn"/> Of their partnership, Baer assessed that: "They both represent the feelings that we feel simultaneously when we hear about these cases. That's why they work so well together."<ref name="msn">{{cite web|url=http://entertainment1.sympatico.msn.ca/TV_Guide/Interviews/Insider/Articles/190207_mariskahargitay_GD|title=Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay speaks!|last=David|first=Greg|date=February 19, 2007|publisher=[[MSN]]|accessdate=2009-05-12}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref>
   
 
In the episode "Paranoia", Benson described how, despite the difficulty she faced in dealing with a 2-year-old female rape victim on her second case, Karen Smythe, who trained her, praised her for displaying a talent in dealing with victims.<ref>{{Cite episode| title = Paranoia| episodelink =| series =Law & Order: Special Victims Unit| serieslink = Law & Order: Special Victims Unit| airdate = February 16, 2001| season = 2| number = 14 }}</ref> Benson herself is a child of her mother's [[rape]]. The man who raped her later committed suicide.<ref>{{cite book |last= |first= |authorlink= |title=The New York Times Television Reviews 2000 |publisher=[[Routledge]] |year=2001 |isbn=1-57958-060-2 |page=230 |author= }}</ref> Benson's mother Serena ([[Elizabeth Ashley]]), an English professor, was an [[child abuse|abusive]] [[alcoholism|alcoholic]] who emotionally abused Olivia. In the season two episode "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 2)#Taken|Taken]]", Serena Benson dies falling down a flight of subway stairs outside the entrance to a bar. In a later episode, "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 6)#Intoxicated|Intoxicated]]", she mentions being engaged briefly when she was 16 to one of her mother's students; when her mother found out, she broke the bottle of vodka she was drinking, and went after Olivia with the jagged edge of the bottle. Olivia fought back, kicked her mother twice, hard, and then ran out of the house. Benson is a graduate of [[Siena College]].<ref>In the Season 1 episode "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 1)|Stalked]]"</ref> While there, she held a membership in a [[sorority]].<ref>In the Season 2 episode "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 2)|Consent]]"</ref> In addition to [[English language|English]], Benson speaks Italian,<ref>{{cite episode|series=Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|season=13|number=1|title=[[Scorched Earth (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)|Scorched Earth]]|network=NBC|airdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref> some [[Spanish language|Spanish]] and [[French language|French]] and is able to read the [[Miranda warnings]] in at least two other languages.<ref>In the Season 3 episode [[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 3)#Prodigy|"Prodigy]]"</ref> She owns a black 1965 [[Ford Mustang]] convertible, but rarely drives it ("Perverted," season 11).
 
In the episode "Paranoia", Benson described how, despite the difficulty she faced in dealing with a 2-year-old female rape victim on her second case, Karen Smythe, who trained her, praised her for displaying a talent in dealing with victims.<ref>{{Cite episode| title = Paranoia| episodelink =| series =Law & Order: Special Victims Unit| serieslink = Law & Order: Special Victims Unit| airdate = February 16, 2001| season = 2| number = 14 }}</ref> Benson herself is a child of her mother's [[rape]]. The man who raped her later committed suicide.<ref>{{cite book |last= |first= |authorlink= |title=The New York Times Television Reviews 2000 |publisher=[[Routledge]] |year=2001 |isbn=1-57958-060-2 |page=230 |author= }}</ref> Benson's mother Serena ([[Elizabeth Ashley]]), an English professor, was an [[child abuse|abusive]] [[alcoholism|alcoholic]] who emotionally abused Olivia. In the season two episode "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 2)#Taken|Taken]]", Serena Benson dies falling down a flight of subway stairs outside the entrance to a bar. In a later episode, "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 6)#Intoxicated|Intoxicated]]", she mentions being engaged briefly when she was 16 to one of her mother's students; when her mother found out, she broke the bottle of vodka she was drinking, and went after Olivia with the jagged edge of the bottle. Olivia fought back, kicked her mother twice, hard, and then ran out of the house. Benson is a graduate of [[Siena College]].<ref>In the Season 1 episode "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 1)|Stalked]]"</ref> While there, she held a membership in a [[sorority]].<ref>In the Season 2 episode "[[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 2)|Consent]]"</ref> In addition to [[English language|English]], Benson speaks Italian,<ref>{{cite episode|series=Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|season=13|number=1|title=[[Scorched Earth (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)|Scorched Earth]]|network=NBC|airdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref> some [[Spanish language|Spanish]] and [[French language|French]] and is able to read the [[Miranda warnings]] in at least two other languages.<ref>In the Season 3 episode [[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 3)#Prodigy|"Prodigy]]"</ref> She owns a black 1965 [[Ford Mustang]] convertible, but rarely drives it ("Perverted," season 11).
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