Lena Dunham: Why I shared my story

By admin
10 December 2014

Lena Dunham has opened up about her reasons for divulging a sexual assault that happened to her.

Lena Dunham has opened up about her reasons for divulging a sexual assault that happened to her. The 28-year-old Girls creator wrote about an incident that occurred during her college years in her book, Not That Kind of Girl, and it received some public criticism. Now she’s written an essay to air her feelings about it.

'Speaking out about the realities and complexities of sexual assault is how we begin to protect each other'

The actress, writer and director had her thoughts published on BuzzFeed, where she spoke candidly about how difficult it was for her to openly air the issue to begin with.

“It took me a long time to fully acknowledge what had happened and even longer to discuss it publicly, in the form of an essay in my book Not That Kind of Girl,” she wrote. “When I finally decided to share my story, it had ambiguities and gray areas, because that’s what I experienced, because that’s what so many of us have experienced.”

Lena made it clear her intention when it comes to women’s rights is activism. She wants to encourage others in her position to talk and be there for one another.

“Speaking out about the realities and complexities of sexual assault is how we begin to protect each other. I do not want our daughters born into a world that reacts to sexual violence against women in this way. This reaction, which ranges from skepticism to condemnation to threats of violence, is something I have been subject to as a woman in a position of extraordinary privilege,” she wrote.

Lena also wrote about why she put the experience in her book to begin with. It was to air her own “shame”, rather than to bring her rapist to light or “open a criminal investigation”. However, she’s been upset by the requisite response.

“I have had my character and credibility questioned at every turn. I have been attacked online with violent and misogynistic language. Reporters have attempted to uncover the identity of my attacker despite my sincerest attempts to protect this information,” she wrote.

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