Lena Dunham and 'Girls' Cast Release Sexual Assault PSA Dedicated to Stanford Rape Survivor
"Why is our default reaction as a society to disbelieve, or to silence, or to shame?"
The Girls cast admits they don't agree on everything — including who to vote for or how often one should shampoo — but they all agree that sexual-assault survivors should be supported.
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet filmed a sexual assault PSA, and Dunham tweeted the video out on Wednesday, dedicating it to the Stanford rape survivor who inspired many people with her powerful letter.
In the PSA, the ladies point out that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 girls are sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, with 80 percent of cases perpetrated by somebody they already know.
"Why is our default reaction as a society to disbelieve, or to silence, or to shame?" ask the actresses.
"What if we chose to turn toward those in need instead of away?" adds Mamet.
They encourage people to find ways to support survivors, listen to them and take action.
"You already have the power to create a safer, healthier environment for women to come forward," says Williams.
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