Lena Dunham was widely accused of sexually molesting her sister in 2014. People broke the news in November of 2014 and quoted from her new book.
“One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Dunham defended her writing.
“Lena Dunham has spoken out in reaction to outlets that cited passages from her book Not That Kind of Girl as evidence that she sexually abused her younger sister Grace Dunham when both were children.”
“The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL — it’s really… upsetting and disgusting. And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you. Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back… up bros,” Dunham said, before indicating that she was just telling the story of herself as a weird 7-year-old.
Dunham was massively criticized, but defended what she did as anything but molestation. Nineteen months later, Ms. Dunham has released a video in support of a Stanford Rape victim. Once again, People broke the news.
“The cast of Girls are speaking out against sexual assault. In a new public service announcement, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet come together outside of their HBO series to show their support for sexual assault survivors.”
I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation. https://t.co/KMOJUxvPu0— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 8, 2016
A majority of the commenters after the article aren’t letting Lena Dunham forget about the incident with her sister.
“Lean [sic], a confessed child molester, speaking against sexual assault?! Her PR is trying so hard to erase of our memories that she is a horrible person, but hell I just dislike her even more now,” says Shan.
“Lena THE CHILD MOLESTER Dunham has no shame. ANYTHING to stay in the public eye, worthless cow,” says A.L.
Breitbart went out of their way to demean Lena in the title of their article, “Rape-Hoaxer Lena Dunham Dedicated Sexual Assault PSA To Stanford Rape Victim.” The article points out that in the same memoir where she admits to touching her sister in an inappropriate place, she accused a campus Republican named Barry of raping her at Oberlin College. However, an investigation by Breitbart cleared Barry’s name, but it took several months before Dunham admitted she wrongly accused an innocent man.
Just like the People article, most of the commenters don’t support Dunham.
“The reason people don’t believe rape allegations is because of people like you and the Rolling Stone author who LIE. YOU and your LIES make women more vulnerable,” says Grandma Susan.
“Speaking of rape Lena, how’s your sister?” asks Conquest915.
Twitter has been very vicious towards Lena Dunham over the past 12 hours.
@lenadunham, who raped her own sister, and then lied about being raped herself in the same book, wants you to know rape culture is real.— Diet Kantbot (@kantbot2000) June 9, 2016
Take Lena Dunham off this ad. Lena Dunham sexually abused her sister. https://t.co/BR0nwPeshz— Kylie (@kyliezsz) June 9, 2016
What do you make of Lena Dunham’s support towards the Stanford rape victim? Should her past not matter as long as she is speaking out about sexual assault now? Is Dunham hurting the cause more than helping it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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