Rape Survior's Story That Inspired Netflix’s Unbelievable Finds The Series To Be Perfect

Rape Survior's Story That Inspired Netflix’s Unbelievable Finds The Series To Be Perfect

The survior said that the show has inspired by the real life incidents and according to her, the portrayal of the events are perfect.

Netflix's eight-part series, titled as 'Unbelievable' was released last week and tells the story of Marie Adler, a woman who was sexually assaulted when she was 18 years old. She reported the incident to the police but after mixing up some minor details the authorities questioned why her story didn’t add up. In one of the scenes, it is shown that the detectives doubting Marie’s story and questioning her over and over about the attack. 


At one point, the detective also asks if there really is a rapist they should be out looking for. After being pressured by the authorities, Marie played in the series by Kaitlyn Dever, eventually said she’d lied about being raped. The scene is very difficult 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 what she felt about the series in a conversation of Ken Armstrong who told Marie’s story in the Pulitzer Prize-winning article An Unbelievable Story of Rape. The writer also recalled his conversation with the survivor, explaining she’d brought up the interview scene specifically.


Ken tweeted, saying, "She brought up one scene in particular—in the first episode, in which she’s 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." The survivor herself described the scene to be 'perfect' of the way her story was told and added while Unbelievable made her cry ‘quite a bit’, the series was ‘excellent’. 


The attacker was eventually caught two and half years after her traumatic ordeal after two detectives investigated a number of other rapes he had committed and after such a long and tiring process, Marie's story was believed. While Marie was watching the ordeal unfolding in front of herself through Netflix's 'Unbelievable',  she said that 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 she’d first had when initially learning about the arrest of her attacker but watching the recreation re-invoked the feelings.


Ken added, "Watching the last episode, watching the re-creation of the Colorado detectives closing in, provided Marie something she didn’t expect. ‘Seeing him get put away, that was closure for me,’ she said." Even though the police did not believe Marie's story at first, the survivor has said she never regretted reporting her attack as she had wanted to help the police and ensure no one else got hurt.

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