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'Law & Order: Hate Crimes' hopes to create a 'dialogue' like 'SVU' did for sexual assault, says Dick Wolf

'Law & Order: Hate Crimes' hopes to create a 'dialogue' like 'SVU' did for sexual assault, says Dick Wolf

Several years ago, researchers at Washington State University sent out a survey to freshmen, asking about their views on sexual assault. In the same survey, they asked the students what crime shows they watched on TV.

Their findings, published in 2015, indicated that, for many students, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" may have provided an education of its own. The survey found that the NBC show had an overall positive effect on students' understanding of consent and sexual assault - issues which many universities have been grappling with for years.

While the researchers couldn't prove causation, they found that students who watched the show "were less...

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