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A new Netflix series slated to air next week has taken on the tragic and enraging real life story of a teen who wasn’t believed when she shared her story of sexual assault — instead charged with filing a false report — while detectives tried to catch a serial rapist on the loose.
The eight-episode series, entitled “Unbelievable," is an adaptation of the 2015 Pulitzer-winning ProPublica and Marshall Project in-depth story about the teen, a girl who has been in foster care since she was just about 6, and the detectives on the trail of a rampant rapist.
Kaitlyn Dever stars as Marie, a young girl whose life was already rough enough before a man broke into her home, blindfolded her, and assaulted her for hours. Then, her story was doubted by authorities. The trailer shows how she was pushed into admitting that she made the whole thing up, which resulted in her being charged with filing a false report.
Meanwhile, a serial rapist is going town to town targeting women who are alone in their homes. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever star as the detectives (Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall) on the hunt to track him down and hold him accountable.
Decider calls the series “brilliant, feminist crime drama” which puts victims first, crediting it for showing the perils one goes through while trying to report sexual assault.
"Even with the people you can trust, if the truth is inconvenient, they don't believe it,” the teen victim explains in the trailer.
The series will drop on Sept. 13.
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