There’s been a lot of talk about consent and sexual assault lately following the Stanford case and the effect it has had on many survivors and people alike. In a sexual assault PSA released by Lena Dunham and the cast of HBO’s Girls, the women question society’s treatment of victims and implore people to establish a “safer, healthier environment for women to come forward” through support and understanding.
The cast worked alongside NowThis News to create the 90-second spot which Dunham tweeted was dedicated to the “brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation.” A letter written by the victim that was published on Buzzfeed earlier this month has had a powerful impact on society globally and has spurred a cultural discussion about sexual assault.
The PSA features Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke standing hand in hand as they discuss the need to change cultural perspectives on sexual assault and society’s treatment of victims. The women reveal that they “hope to represent the solidarity and support that all survivors should be able to find.” Hopefully the spot will make people think about how they treat victims of sexual assault and what they can do to change and help.