Lena Dunham was one of the honorees at Variety's Power of Women event in New York this weekend.
When I was raped, I felt powerless. I felt my value had been determined by someone else,' she explained. Someone who sent me the message that my body was not my own and my choices were meaningless. It took years to recognize my worth was not tied to my assault, the voices telling me I deserved this were phantoms, they were liars.
So as a feminist and sexual assault survivor, my ultimate goal is to use my experience, my platform and yes, my privilege, to reverse stigma and give voice to other survivors.
Lena, who wrote an article on BuzzFeed following backlash about her rape claims in her book, also spoke out to defend young girls who have fallen into sex trafficking during her speech.
Despite this clear lack of agency, we as a society somehow think that 14-year-old runaways make a choice to be in the commercial sex industry. We call these girls names and judge them and write pop songs celebrating their assailants and their fancy sneakers.
We think that locking them up will help them make better choices. We look at youth in the commercial sex industry in America as willing participants in their own victimization, ignoring the disenfranchisement that comes with being poor, from being a child, from being a girl of color, from being a homeless LGBT youth, from being a kid in foster care.