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Documentary explores women wrongly accused of false sex assault claims

Victim/Suspect tracks the experiences of women who have reported being sexually assaulted to the police but have not been believed and have even been accused of lying. Through interviews with police officers, legal experts and victims' families across the country, reporter Rae de Leon documents these cases. Some of the women who reported the crimes against them have been charged with making false claims and face lengthy prison sentences. The documentary exposes the unfair treatment and institutional bias towards these women.

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Celebrated documentary filmmaker helms original Netflix doc on sexual assault reporting

Victim/Suspect is a documentary film directed by Nancy Schwartzman for Netflix. Schwartzman is an award-winning director of numerous documentaries including Roll Red Roll and Anonymous Comes To Town.

Rae de Leon, a journalist with The Center for Investigative Reporting, and Amanda Pike, the Center's director, are both featured in the documentary. Victim/Suspect is produced by de Leon and Pike, who are joined by Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman and Alice Henty as fellow producers. Carolyn Hepburn serves as the executive producer.


December 8, 2022

In an interview with the Sundance Institute, documentary filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman announces that her documentary will premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. (Source: YouTube)

January 23, 2023

Victim/Suspect had its premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition category of the Sundance Film Festival. (Source: Sundance)

April 5, 2023

Victim/Suspect is scheduled for release on May 23, 2023, and will be distributed through the streaming platform Netflix. (Source: What's on Netflix)

April 27, 2023

The trailer for the documentary released, providing a glimpse into the investigation and featuring interviews with the actual victims who were falsely accused of fabricating their sexual assault claims. (Source: Netflix)

May 23, 2023

Victim/Suspect premiered on Netflix.


Documentary, Crime


1h 30min

Age rating