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Rae de Leon, a reporter working at The Center for Investigative Reporting, discovers a surprising number of legal cases nationwide that involve women reporting sexual assault to the police, only to be accused of fabricating their allegations. These women are then charged with crimes, sometimes facing years in prison. Victim/Suspect follows de Leon as she gathers firsthand accounts from numerous young women and their families and interviews police and legal experts. Simultaneously, de Leon re-examines elements of the initial police investigations, unearthing telling recordings of police interviews of women reporting their sexual assault.

Director Nancy Schwartzman crafts a deeply compelling and provocative investigative documentary, sure to elicit both empathy and outrage, that stands as a powerful testament to the carefully constructed work of determined reporters like de Leon. Victim/Suspect illuminates, with precision and focus, how local and nationwide systemic policing policies both motivate detectives to treat victims like suspects, and directly impact not only these vulnerable women’s cases, but also their lives.

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Audience Advisory: This film contains strobe effects and may potentially trigger seizures. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Year
    2023
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Nancy Schwartzman
  • Producer
    Julie Goldman,Christopher Clements,Alice Henty,Nancy Schwartzman,Amanda Pike,Rachel de Leon
  • Executive Producer
    Carolyn Hepburn
  • Co-Producer
    Tracy Elizabeth Jarrett,J. Daniel Torres
  • Editor
    Inbal B. Lessner,Kim Roberts
  • Composer
    Morgan Kibby