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Lena Dunham Addresses Abuse Allegations With Official Statement

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Lena Dunham Book LaunchLena Dunham penned an official response about the abuse allegations for Time today. In it, she claims she doesn’t condone abuse of any kind and also says her sister is her “best friend.”

Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.

I’m not surprised that people find the passages of her book disturbing, because I found them disturbing, too. Mostly because I thought they were odd anecdotes to share; but I really don’t feel comfortable calling a seven-year-old a child molester. I find the willingness to follow the narrative of a misogynist like Kevin D. Williamson even more disturbing than the passages of the book themselves. This is a man who hates women. This is a man who implied women who have abortions should be hanged. This is a man who definitely has an agenda.

I have not read the book. I just know that not a peep was made about these passages until we all decided we would view them through the eyes of a right-wing misogynist. And I’m not comfortable with that.

Here is her sister’s response, while we’re at it:







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