lena dunham and girls cast share powerful anti-rape psa

'I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case,' Dunham announced on Twitter.

by Hannah Ongley
09 June 2016, 9:12am

The harrowing Stanford sexual assault case has quickly become emblematic of today's climate of rape culture and victim blaming. The latest to rally against Brock Turner and behind the brave survivor are Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams. The cast of Girls has reunited for a timely PSA about sexual assault, calling for solidarity and highlighting some pretty distressing facts. "One in five women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime," they begin, "and in 80% of those cases, the attacks are perpetrated by someone they already know."

Condemning society's default reaction of silencing or shaming the victim, Dunham and her co-stars continue: "You have the choice to make things better. It can be something as easy as a phone call, calling out a harmful remark, or offering a ride to medical care or counselling. It can even be simply listening." As the Stanford survivor has become representative of all women, so do these four hope to represent the support all survivors should be able to find. "Which," says Dunham, "which might be the first time that four white women can accurately represent anything."


Text Hannah Ongley