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Lena Dunham Power of Women Speech

Lena Dunham Speaks About Her Own Experience With Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham is known for bravely bringing to light topics that aren't always easy to talk about. The subject she spoke on at Variety's Power of Women event was something very personal for her. The Girls star opened up about her own experience with rape during an acceptance speech for an award for her work with Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, an organization created to empower girls and women who have "experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking." In an effort to support survivors, she used the platform to speak of her experience with sexual assault, one she has also discussed in her book, Not That Kind of Girl, saying:

"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. It took years to recognize my personal worth was not tied to my assault . . . So, as a feminist and 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."

Watch Lena's moving speech to hear more.

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