Lena Dunham and her Girls co-stars chose to team up and utilize their collective star power to stand behind supporting survivors of sexual assault.
In a new video, Dunham — along with Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet — calls out our "default reaction as a society to disbelieve, or to silence, or to shame" survivors. Dunham posted the PSA on her Twitter page on Wednesday, dedicating it to "the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation."
As purported in the visual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in five women will experience sexual assault during her lifetime. And with such a high statistic, it's time to start supporting survivors.
"What if we chose to turn towards those in need instead of away?" Mamet asks.
The cast strikes their point home when pointing out that help is necessary for no other reason than the simplest one: "not because she's someone's daughter, or someone's friend, or someone's sister, but because she is someone."
"You already have the power to create a safer, healthier environment for women to come forward," Williams says. "So please, support, listen, take action."
If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).