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Lena Dunham Speaks Out About Her Rape At Variety's Power of Women Event in New York

Lena Dunham Speaks Out About Her Rape At Variety's Power of Women Event in New York

Lena Dunham poses with her award backstage at Variety’s Power Of Women New York held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday afternoon (April 24).

The 28-year-old Girls actress was just one of many honorees at the event, where she spoke out about her own sexual assault in a moving speech.

“When I was raped I felt powerless. I felt my value had been determined by someone else. Someone who sent me the message that my body was not my own, and my choices were meaningless,” Lena shared on stage.

She continued, “It took years to recognize my personal worth was not tied to my assault; the voices telling me I deserved this were phantoms, they were liars. So as a feminist, as a sexual assault survivor, my ultimate goal is to use my experience, my platform, and yes, my privilege, to reverse stigma and give voice to other survivors.”

Actresses Emmy Rossum, Carmen Ejogo and Fashion by Mayhem designer Sydney Keiser are also pictured below.


Lena Dunham’s Emotional Speech at Variety’s Power of Women NY

FYI: Emmy is wearing Penny Preville jewels. Carmen is wearing a Horses dress and Gucci shoes.

20+ pictures inside of Lena Dunham, Emmy Rossum, and Sydney Keiser at the Variety event…

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Credit: Diane Bondareff, Jamie McCarthy, Brian Ach, Monica Schipper; Photos: Getty
Posted to: Carmen Ejogo, Emmy Rossum, Lena Dunham

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  • Review

    Was she raped AT the event, as the headline states??

  • Aaron S

    It takes a special kind of person to make up a rape story to tell a room with people who actually have been raped. Like the Rolling Stone article about ‘Jackie’, Lena seems to have created from thin air practially every detail of her claimed rape. Maybe she meant she felt powerless until she had the idea to claim she was raped?

  • Aaron S

    Don’t give her any ideas, she’ll invent that too as another rape.

  • Bob Woodford

    Let me get this straight: a woman who claims she was demeaned by being raped responds by starring in a television show that is itself blatant sexual exploitation?! And then gets some kind of “women’s empowerment” award?! Astonishing in its twisted logic.

  • Neighbor

    Please seek therapy for your madonna/whore complex asap.

  • lejardin

    Oh, please, who’s going to rape Lena Dunham? Maybe Len Dunham…

  • Ellie

    Did she also ‘speak out’ about her molestation of her little sister for years?

  • Ellie

    Very clever. Now tell us why Bob Woodford is wrong—-if he is.