Lena Dunham and the cast of HBO's Girls just released this sexual assault PSA, which questions the way society treats victims. The 90-second spot urges people to create a "safer, healthier environment for women to come forward" by listening to and supporting victims.
In releasing the effort, made in partnership with NowThis News, Dunham tweeted that the short video was dedicated to the "brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation." It's been less than a week since BuzzFeed published the letter that the victim read in court to her attacker, and the statement has already had a significant impact on the cultural conversation around sexual assault.
In the PSA, which also features Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke (who is no stranger to doing frank and powerful PSAs), the women say they "hope to represent the solidarity and support that all survivors should be able to find." Dunham deadpans that it's probably "the first time four white women can accurately represent anything."
By using a serious yet playful tone, the spot is able to convey an important message in a way that will hopefully make people consider how they treat victims of sexual assault.