"She is someone"

Cast of “Girls” dedicates video on sexual assault to victim in Stanford case

In a video dedicated to the victim in the Stanford University sexual assault case, Lena Dunham and the cast of Girls are calling on people to recognize the unsettling normalcy of sexual assault in American culture, and to make an effort to support women in the wake of such experiences. The video, posted by Dunham to Twitter on Wednesday, features the Girls co-creator alongside Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, and Allison Williams, the camera cutting between them as they begin by sharing some sobering statistics. “According to the CDC, 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime and in 80 percent of those cases those attacks will be perpetrated by someone they know. One in 4 girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18,” they say, taking turns speaking the lines. “This isn’t a secret,” Kirke begins. “It’s reality,” finishes Williams.

Helping a victim of sexual assault, the girls explain, means resisting the tendency to “disbelieve … silence … and shame,” and instead choosing “to listen, to support.” In practical reality, this can mean “something as easy as a phone call, calling out a hurtful remark, offering a ride to medical care or counseling — it can even simply be listening.” The point is, they argue, is that it’s important not to “avoid the hard conversation,” because “just being there makes it better.” And ultimately, the women want to make one final point clear: a victim of sexual assault shouldn’t be supported because “she is someone’s daughter, girlfriend or sister,” but because “she is someone.”

Read the full story at BBC News.

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