Dunham and the cast of 'Girls' made a powerful PSA video message this week, after the victim's statement from the Stanford University sexual assault case went viral.
Lena Dunham has posted a video of herself and her ‘Girls’ co-stars telling people to support the victims of sexual assault, dedicated their message to the “brave survivor” in the recent well-publicised Stanford University case.
Posting a short video via NowThis and then via her own Twitter account on Wednesday (June 8th), Dunham dedicated “the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation.”
She was referring to the victim who was assaulted by 20 year old Brock Turner in 2015 on Stanford University campus. Last Thursday, Turner was sentenced to a six-month spell in county jail plus probation, and the victim responded by reading a statement before the court, which was later published in full by BuzzFeed and went viral.
Lena Dunham and her 'Girls' co-stars made the PSA video this week
“If you are hoping that one of my organs will implode from anger and I will die, I’m almost there,” she said. “You are very close. This is not a story of another drunk college hook-up with poor decision-making. Assault is not an accident. Somehow, you still don’t get it. Somehow, you still sound confused.”
That statement, combined with what many regarded as the leniency of the sentence, has re-stoked the issue of campus rape as well as the prevalence of the crime in wider society.
In their PSA video, Dunham and her ‘Girls’ co-stars Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet urge viewers to question the “default reaction as a society to disbelieve, or to silence, or to shame.”
“We may star on ‘Girls’ together, but that doesn’t mean we always agree,” says Kirke. “But there is one issue on which we are in total agreement,” referring to much-publicised and debated issue of victim-blaming. “What if we chose to turn towards those in need, instead of away?”
I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation. https://t.co/KMOJUxvPu0— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 8, 2016
The video cites figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that state one in five women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
The clip ends by saying that women should be believed when they come forward, not because “she is someone’s daughter, girlfriend or sister”, but because “she is someone”.