In 2015, ProPublica published a sad, deeply infuriating report of a Colorado teenager who told police a man had broken into her home, tied her up and raped her. What followed was a series of impossibly outrageous moves from people in authority who refused to believe her, and seemed bizarrely determined to get her to admit she was lying about her attack, all while the woman’s actual attacker remained at large.
That report won a Pulitzer and got the This American Life treatment (which you can listen to here), and now it’s getting a Netflix miniseries starring Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Booksmart breakout Kaitlyn Dever, and written by married novelists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.
The show is getting rave reviews out of the gates and tells an important story all-too-often ignored by police procedurals like these — a reminder of the ways gender and assumptions about how “real” victims do and don’t act can gum cases up.
The series debuts on Netflix on September 13.