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'Legitimate rape' controversy draws eyes to 'SVU'

March 28, 2013

Alicia M. Cohn

It didn't help former Rep. Todd Akin win his Missouri Senate bid, but talking about "legitimate rape" won "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" their highest overall audience share in nearly three months.

Those Nielsen numbers follow Wednesday night's episode, "Legitimate Rape," which featured a character identified as a congressman and former obstetrician who testified in a rape trial that "it's nearly impossible for victims of legitimate rape to become pregnant" because "the body has a mechanism for shutting down ovulation in response to stress.


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