On NBC’s Today, actress and author of Not That Kind of Girl Lena Dunham gained another journalist’s sympathy even after accusations surfaced that her book contained a made-up story about her being raped, forcing her publisher to run an apology.
“It’s a very, very painful thing to share an episode that personal and receive criticism, but what I received was only a small percentage of the doubt and victim blaming that most women who are sexually assaulted in this country experience,” Dunham responded to host Savannah Guthrie’s question regarding her feelings following the discrediting of her memoir.
Dunham credited her “legal, emotional and financial supports” as what really got her through the traumatic experience.
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“I really feel like it enhanced my understanding of the cause and hopefully will make me a better advocate and activist in the future,” Dunham concluded.
Guthrie added that it would also be a way of “giving voice to those who might have been voiceless.”
Instead of pressing Dunham about the rape allegations she gave in her memoir – which have been highly controversial and forced a man to hire a lawyer to prove his innocence – Guthrie defended Dunham and saw the skepticism towards a serious criminal accusation as peculiar, strange, and emotionally taxing.
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