Lena Dunham Speaks Out: “I Do Not Condone Any Kind Of Abuse”

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Lena Dunham Apology Sexual Abuse

By Michael Lewittes

Lena Dunham Apology Sexual Abuse

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Lena Dunham wants to set the record straight amid the controversy surrounding some passages in her book, “Not That Kind of Girl.” She says in a new statement to Time, “First and foremost, I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.” The “Girls” creator and star notes she’s extremely “dismayed” with the “recent interpretation of events” described in her book, and apologizes for possibly “triggering” painful memories for sexual abuse survivors, as well as for using “sexual predator” in a comic way.

As Gossip Cop reported, the website Truth Revolt quoted in a piece under the headline, “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister,” a section in the book in which she asks her mother, when she was seven, if her one-year-old sister Grace had a vagina like her. Dunham noted her curiosity got the better of her one day as she and her sister were playing one day: “Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked.”

My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did,” wrote Dunham. “She just got on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.”

In another passage, when talking about her own her sexual experimentation at a young age, Dunham wrote that her tactics were similar to “anything a sexual predator might do.”

Now, Dunham is openly expressing how dismayed she is that her words were twisted around, and is voicing her thoughts on the difficult subject of sexual abuse, particularly of youngsters.

She tells Time, “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’ insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.”

Dunham further notes that whatever she disclosed in the book was vetted first by Grace. Dunham says her younger sister is “my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.” On Monday, Grace broke her silence and supported her sister.

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