• Lena Dunham dedicates a video to the Stanford case survivor (Now This News)Source: Now This News
The cast of Girls have released a powerful public service announcement about the statistics, the reactions and the actions that need to be taken on sexual assault.
By
Sophie Verass

9 Jun 2016 - 2:14 PM  UPDATED 9 Jun 2016 - 2:14 PM

Who better to explain that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, than an iconic quad in pop-culture.

One in five; that’s every female guest who joins Hannah, Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna on the HBO series, Girls. It's Adam’s sister Caroline who makes up five women; it's the irritating artist Mimi Rose Howard who makes up five women; it's Charlie’s ‘rebound’ girlfriend Audrey and it's even Hannah’s mum who could make up this problematic statistic.
 
It’s the top tier of a human pyramid, a point guard in a basketball team or one of the Spice Girls. One in five is a huge portion of people, and the cast of Girls have collaborated with news site, Now this News to raise awareness of a chilling reality.

‘People’ – this is a fundamental message in the video, in which the foursome encourage others to support and take action, “Not just because she’s someone’s daughter, or someone’s girlfriend, or someone’s sisters. But because she is someone.”

Lena Dunham’s tweet of the video is dedicated to "The brave survivor of the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation", suggesting the production is a response to this week's current affairs.

Earlier this week, the survivor of the highly profiled rape case released a letter recounting her pain and suffering of the experience. Many people, including Lena Dunham, have commended her actions and the video made by the girls of Girls has continued the message that this woman, or any other harmed individual, is not an ‘unnamed witness’ in news coverage, but “someone”.

“You already have the power to create a safer, healthier environment for women,” Allison Williams who plays Marnie, narrates powerfully.

The video is a compelling piece of material, which raises awareness of a societal issue without the all-too-familiar celebrity endorsement of fifty pop-stars each singing a line of an R.E.M song. Like the program Girls itself, it's modest, but completely effective.

 

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