I saw Michael Flatley’s new movie ‘Blackbird’ and I had many, many thoughts
I saw Michael Flatley’s new movie ‘Blackbird’ and I had many, many thoughts

Sarah Finnan

How to set intentions for the next month in a new moon ritual
How to set intentions for the next month in a new moon ritual

Holly O'Neill

November 23: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
November 23: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Sarah Finnan

This dreamy garden room extension in Santry is a gardener’s delight
This dreamy garden room extension in Santry is a gardener’s delight

Amanda Kavanagh

A careful reconfiguration of this Victorian Belfast home added a roof terrace and a sleek kitchen
A careful reconfiguration of this Victorian Belfast home added a roof terrace and a sleek...

IMAGE Interiors & Living

12 beautiful bridesmaid dresses from Irish designers
12 beautiful bridesmaid dresses from Irish designers

Shayna Sappington

Ask the Doctor: ‘I’m a 32-year-old woman with low blood pressure and have started experiencing dizziness and fainting. What’s causing this, and how can I treat it?’
Ask the Doctor: ‘I’m a 32-year-old woman with low blood pressure and have started experiencing...

Sarah Gill

Christmas spending: 3 tips to avoid a financial hangover, according to a financial advisor
Christmas spending: 3 tips to avoid a financial hangover, according to a financial advisor

Carol Brick

4 sustainably-minded British designers doing great things
4 sustainably-minded British designers doing great things

Sarah Finnan

What are the benefits of herbal tea? Turns out, there are many
What are the benefits of herbal tea? Turns out, there are many

Sarah Finnan

Image / Editorial

Lena Dunham Gives Powerful Speech About Rape


By IMAGE
29th Apr 2015
Lena Dunham Gives Powerful Speech About Rape

Lena Dunham has written in the past about how she was raped while studying at Oberlin College in Ohio, and now the actress is speaking about the experience in public. At the recent Variety Power of Women event in New York City, the Girls creator took the stage to talk about how the experience she detailed in her 2014 memoir Not That Kind of Girl left her feeling powerless.

?I felt my worth had been determined by someone else,? she said, in a sobering speech you can watch below. She said she is using her platform to give a voice to the other survivors who cannot speak and are silenced. Dunham is now working with GEMS, an organisation that helps girls who have been exploited by the sexual traffic trade. GEMS helps get these girls and young women back into school and college.

The 28-year-old opened her speech with a few words on how she identifies as a feminist, and how there is no such a thing as a perfect feminist. While Dunham has come under fire in the past for some of her decisions, such as the primarily white cast of Girls and a chapter in her book about examining her younger sister’s vagina while she was a child, her willingness to speak about how her rape is a brave move. A round of applause for Dunham everyone.

Watch the full speech below.

Contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre if any of the information above has affected you in any way. drcc.ie

Follow Jeanne Sutton on Twitter @jeannedesutun