With continued outrage about a former Stanford University swimmer only receiving a six-month jail sentence for raping an unconscious woman, the cast of Girls have come together to keep the conversation about sexual assault going.
Collaborating with Now This News, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet delivered a PSA discussing sexual assault, and ways to support those who have been through it. “We may star on Girls together but that doesn’t mean we always agree,” Jemima opened. “We sometimes vote for different candidates,” Zosia added, while Lena said jokingly, “We have very different views on appropriate undergarments.” Jemima states, “But there is one issue on which we are in total agreement.”
The women began to give statistics on sexual assault straight from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), stating that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and 1 in 4 women will be sexually abused.
They then opened up about people’s reactions to others’ assaults saying, “So why is our default reaction, as a society, to disbelieve or to silence or to shame? What if we chose to turn towards those in need instead of away? To listen. To support. You have a choice to make things better…And while it’s just the four of us here right now, we hope to represent the solidarity and support all survivors should be able to find.” Lena joked, “Which may be the first time four white women can accurately represent anything.”
Check out the PSA in full below!
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
Hopefully, the much-needed conversation continues with PSAs like these. If you have experienced sexual violence and need crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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