Lena Dunham, ‘Girls’ Cast Release Sexual Assault PSA Dedicated to Stanford Rape Victim

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On Wednesday morning, the cast of “Girls” — Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet — released a PSA calling for action against sexual assault following the sentencing of Brock Turner, the Standard University athlete convicted of the 2015 rape of an unconscious woman.

Dunham posted the video to her Twitter account, dedicating it to “the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation.”

“We may star on ‘Girls’ together, but that doesn’t mean we always agree,” Kirke said. “But there is one issue on which we are in total agreement.”

The cast then shared statistics about sexual assault, stating that “one in five women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime,” and questioned “why is our default reaction, as a society, to disbelieve.”

“Don’t avoid the hard conversation,” Williams said. “You already have the power to create a safer, healthier environment for women to come forward.”

Turner received a six-month sentence in county jail as opposed to the six-year sentence the prosecutor sought because the judge, Aaron Persky, believed a longer sentence would have a “severe impact on him.”

Following the sentencing, the victim read a letter, which has since received national attention, aloud in the courtroom to Turner.

“This is not a story of another drunk college hook-­up with poor decision-making,” she said.

“I was pummeled with narrowed, pointed questions that dissected my personal life, love life, past life, family life — inane questions, accumulating trivial details to try and find an excuse for this guy who had me half naked before even bothering to ask for my name.”

She continued, “He has done irreversible damage to me and my family during the trial and we have sat silently, listening to him shape the evening. But in the end, his unsupported statements and his attorney’s twisted logic fooled no one. The truth won, the truth spoke for itself.”

Watch the full PSA below.

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