Lena Dunham Dedicates 'Girls' Sexual Assault PSA to Stanford Survivor
By Alex Ungerman
The cast of Girls is standing in solidarity against sexual assault.
Lena Dunham, Alison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet star in a new PSA advocating for a safer environment for victims of sexual assault to come forward.
"Why is our default reaction as a society to disbelieve, or to silence, or to shame?" the co-stars say in the video. "What if we chose to turn toward those in need, instead of away?
On Twitter, Dunham dedicated the video to the victim of former Stanford swimmer, Brock Allen Turner -- who was convicted on three counts of sexual assault -- writing, "I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation."
In January, two Stanford graduate students said they found Turner on campus on top of an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster. Turner faced a maximum of 14 years in jail after he was found guilty of sexual assault.
However, the judge in the case drew outrage when he sentenced the 20-year-old to six months in jail with probation, adding that he feared a longer sentence would have a "severe impact" on the disgraced former college student.
The assault survivor, who has so far chosen to remain anonymous, provided the following statement through her attorney to KTVU in San Francisco:
"I remain anonymous, yes to protect my identity. But it is also a statement, that all of these people are fighting for someone they don't know. That's the beauty of it. I don't need labels, categories, to prove I am worthy of respect, to prove that I should be listened to. I am coming out to you as simply a woman wanting to be heard. Yes there is plenty more I'd like to tell you about me. For now, I am every woman."
"To girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you," she said at the end of her remarks. "I fought every day for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you."
She also provided her entire, powerful court statement, which was addressed to Turner, to Buzzfeed News. You can read it in its entirety here.