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A stark look into the reality of how sexual assault is treated within the US justice system

Investigative journalist Rae de Leon interviews women across the United States who reported cases of sexual assaults, and were then charged with filing false reports. Filing a false report is a criminal offence, which led to some of these women facing severe legal repercussions including prison time. de Leon has been working on this story for four years, which leads her to re-examine the handling of the cases by the police.

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Netflix documentary shines light on alleged sexual assault victims who are later suspected of making false claims to the police

Rae de Leon investigates the high number of cases in the United States involving young women reporting sexual assaults who are later charged with making false accusations. Including interviews and stories from the young women and their families, alongside legal experts and police footage, the documentary sheds light on local and federal police systems in the United States that appear to paint victims as suspects when they come forward with their experiences of sexual assault.  

Victim/Suspect is a Netflix investigative documentary produced by the Center of Investigative Reporting Studios and Motto Pictures. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman (Roll Red Roll) directs the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023.

Production News

  • 2022-12-07
    • The Center for Investigative Reporting announces that their documentary film, Victim/Suspect will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the US Documentary Competition on January 23, 2023. (Source: Reveal News)
  • 2023-04-06
    • Netflix sets a release date of May 23, 2023 for Victim/Suspect in Australia.  (Source: What’s on Netflix
  • 2023-04-28
    • A trailer for Victim/Suspect is released, providing an overview of Rae de Leon's investigation into over a hundred cases of women who were accused of lying about being assaulted, many of whom then faced severe legal consequences. (Source: Variety)


JustWatch Rating 80%
IMDB 6.9 (1k)


Documentary, Crime


1h 30min

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United States


Nancy Schwartzman


Rachel De Leon
Amanda Pike