The rape survivor whose story inspired the true crime series Unbelievable has said the depiction of events in the show is perfect.
Netflixs eight-part series was released last week and tells the story of Marie Adler, a woman who was sexually assaulted when she was 18 years old.
The teen reported the rape to police but after mixing up some minor details the authorities questioned why her story didnt add up. One harrowing scene in the series shows detectives doubting Maries story and questioning her over and over about the attack.
At one point, detectives ask if there really is a rapist they should be out looking for. Under pressure from the authorities, Marie, played in the series by Kaitlyn Dever, eventually said shed lied about being raped.
The scene is hard to watch as it sheds light on the tough process victims have to go through when reporting rape, as well as highlighting how the system failed the teenager. After watching Unbelievable, Marie herself commended the recreation for its accuracy.
She shared her thoughts about the series to Ken Armstrong, who told Maries story in the Pulitzer Prize-winning article An Unbelievable Story of Rape. The writer recounted his conversation with the survivor, explaining shed brought up the interview scene specifically.
She brought up one scene in particular—in the first episode, in which shes confronted by police and recants.
Marie has told me before that it can be a struggle for her to put her feelings and thoughts into words. In that scene, she said, Kaitlyn Dever captured her struggle.
19/ Marie has told me before that it can be a struggle for her to put her feelings and thoughts into words. In that scene, she said, Kaitlyn Dever captured her struggle. “It was, like, perfect,” she said.
— Ken Armstrong (@bykenarmstrong) September 16, 2019
Marie described the scene as perfect in terms of telling her story and added while Unbelievable made her cry quite a bit, the series was excellent.
The young womans attacker was eventually caught two and half years after her traumatic ordeal, after two detectives investigated a number of other rapes he had committed. It was only then Maries story was believed.
As she watched the investigation unfold in the Netflix series, the survivor said she felt the detectives, played in the series by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, were her guardian angels, looking out for [her]. It was a sense shed first had when initially learning about the arrest of her attacker but watching the recreation re-invoked the feelings.
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