Lena Dunham Dedicates Sexual Assault PSA to 'Brave Survivor' in Stanford Swimmer Case
Dunham and her Girls co-stars stand united on this issue
The cast of Girls are speaking out against sexual assault.
In the PSA they reiterate the startling statistics on women and sexual abuse, reminding viewers that girls should matter, “not because she is someone’s daughter; or someone’s girlfriend; or someone’s sister – but because she is someone.”
Taking it one step further, Dunham, 30, made PSA more personable, when she took to Twitter, dedicating it to the woman sexually assaulted at Stanford, whose case has garnered national media attention.
“I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation,” Dunham tweeted along with the video.
The girl’s case picked up even more media steam when it was announced that her attacker – 20-year-old former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner – was only sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of three felony sexual assault charges.
Each of those charges carried a minimum sentence of two years in prison.
Judge Aaron Persky, who handed down the controversial sentence and was recently given a new six-year judicial term, faced intense backlash over his decision, and a Change.org petition to have him recalled from his position stated that he “failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency.”
Although the woman has chosen to remain anonymous, she made quite the impact when her 12-page victim impact statement went viral, detailing what happened to her the night of the incident.
“To girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you,” the end of her statement read. “When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you.”
Read the full statement here.