STANFORD, Calif., June 9 (UPI) — Lena Dunham and the cast members of “Girls” have thrown their support behind the anonymous female Stanford University sexual assault victim on social media.
Posted onto Twitter Wednesday, Dunham was joined by costars Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet in a short clip for Now This News urging viewers to “support, listen and take action” when it comes to sexual assault.
“Not because she is someone’s daughter, or someone’s girlfriend, or someone’s sister, but because she is someone,” the castmates say, speaking out against victim blaming.
“I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation,” Dunham wrote, captioning the video.
The dedication comes after Stanford student Brock Turner was found guilty of sexually assaulting the anonymous victim while she was unconscious in 2015. Turner was sentenced to six months in jail — later reduced to three months — causing an uproar online for the lenient punishment. He had faced up to 14 years in prison.
On change.org, a petition has already garnered over 800,000 signatures to remove California judge Aaron Persky, who presided over the case and handed out the sentence.
Buzzfeed has published a letter the victim read out loud to Turner stating, “What has he done to demonstrate that he deserves a break?”
“He has only apologized for drinking and has yet to define what he did to me as sexual assault, he has re-victimised me continually, relentlessly.”
“He has been found guilty of three serious felonies and it is time for him to accept the consequences of his actions. He will not be quietly excused.”