The ProPublica article and This American Life episode also call the real survivor, like Kaitlyn Dever's character, Marie, referring to her by her middle name. After reporting her sexual assault in Lynnwood, Washington in 2008, Marie faced doubt from the police and her loved ones. She eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for lying to the police, forced to go through probation and pay court fees. Years later, police from a different department found her perpetrator. As of the time that the ProPublica piece was published, Marie had been living in a different state with her husband and two children, working as a long-haul trucker.