I wish I hadn't seen the shooter's video.
1. After watching the disturbing video made by mass murderer Elliot Rodger prior to killing seven people at University of California, Santa Barbara, Lena Dunham posted a series of updates on Twitter and Instagram in support of the #YesAllWomen discussion.
2. She began by saying she wished she hadn’t seen Rodger’s video.
3. And described how she was harassed in school by a “very disturbed boy”:
5. She even convinced her own therapist to not watch the video.
6. And defended using the shooter’s name in public.
7. Standing up for women’s rights runs in the family, as Dunham’s sister Grace taped “IX” on her graduation cap, in honour of the U.S. Title IX amendment.
Dunham wrote: “My sister Grace graduated from college today. I am so proud of her. She wore the number 9 on her hat to ask that Brown University honor the Title IX amendment of the constitution and do better protecting victims of sexual assault.”
9. Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
And in an April 2011 letter issued by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, this includes sexual harassment, as “the sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.”
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding many universities’ commitment to upholding Title IX, including 55 colleges that are currently under federal investigation for mishandling sexual abuse claims.
10. And it appears that although Lena’s statements ruffled a few feathers, she isn’t bothered:
Dunham wrote: “I love this butt-hurt tweet after some of my twitter buds told off a guy who was making his ignorance apparent. If only I’d known in 7th grade that someday I would have a ‘crowd.’ I love my web friends an especially lot this weekend. You give me great hope in an often dark and unsparing world.”