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Lena Dunham Reveals Why She Spoke Out About Being Raped

Lena Dunham Reveals Why She Spoke Out About Being Raped

Lena Dunham has penned an essay for BuzzFeed to reveal why she spoke out against her own rapist nearly a decade after she was sexually assaulted.

“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,’” the 28-year-old Girls actress writes to start off the piece. “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 says that she didn’t speak out to expose her rapist and start a criminal investigation, but instead to expose her own shame.

“I was not na├»ve enough to believe the essay in my book would be met with pure empathy or wild applause,” Lena adds. “But this did not prove to be the case. 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.”

Lena hopes to change people’s views on women that speak out to reveal they have been sexually assaulted.

“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,” Lena said. “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.”

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  • smmy33

    So she says she was raped and describes in the book a person that actually exists , the guy objectives, demands that she state he never dated her and it wasn’t him , she ignores him , her publishing company realizes they’re in a clutters-ck of their own making by not fact checking the book and tell the world “Barry” a pseudonym and it wasn’t a real Barry and will pay for the real Barry’s legal fees .

    And now ” Barry” going to sue her and she will have to pay out of dimpled ass.
    What is about liberals chicks fake but true rape stories , it’s like they get “credit points” in leftist circles if they say they were raped.

  • jean dumas

    I think its fair to ask her if the the alleged rapist was indeed a republican or that was that just a way to disguise the identity of guy and take a cheap shot at republican. Had she not made the character a prominent republican on campus, none of this could have happened. I just don’t really understand why she had to make the political affiliation of the alleged rapist so important, I guess it’a bad luck for her that the republican club president while she was in college had the name she picked

  • wolfyz

    WTF BS with her trying to protect other woman.If this was true, just name the guy who did it so he can’t do it again to other women, not just spreading rumor of allegedly some dude.