We’ve watched hours of police recordings where alleged sex assault victims are turned into suspects. We turned these recordings into the Netflix documentary, Victim/Suspect. We are a journalist and a film director. Ask us anything.
It’s like a nightmare: imagine you report a sexual assault to police and you end up handcuffed and criminalized for fabricating your account. This is the shocking reality for hundreds of people all over the U.S.We are Rachel de Leon and Nancy Schartzman. We tackled this harrowing topic in the documentary, Victim/Suspect on Netflix. A years-long reporting journey uncovered police using troubling techniques leading to victim’s recanting or backing down from their sexual assault claims and charged with crimes. One young woman took her life, and the alleged perpetrator was never arrested.Today from 12:30–2:00 p.m. ET, please send us questions about the documentary, our findings, and what’s ahead for us. We’ll also share information everyone should know in case they or someone they care about needs to report a sexual assault to authorities.
Proof: https://twitter.com/reveal/status/1684235185091379201Here’s the Victim/Suspect trailer.
We spoke with Alyssa Milano for this week’s episode of her Sorry Not Sorry podcast.
Edit: Thanks for all your questions! We appreciate them so much! That's all we have time for today, but we’ll hop back on sporadically to answer any others that may come up. Follow us at "victimsuspect" on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for more updates and ways to engage with us!
For Victims-Survivors, if you’re in emotional distress or in crisis, help is available:
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If you or someone you know reported a sex assault and was charged with falsely reporting it and wants to talk to Rae, find her email here: https://revealnews.org/author/racheldeleon/