While speaking at Variety's Power of Women 2015 lunch, Lena Dunham opened up about her personal experience with sexual assault. This is not the first time she’s discussed the issue. In her 2014 memoir, "Not That Kind of Girl," she candidly wrote about how her sexual assault at Oberlin College impacted her life.
Dunham attended the event to accept an award for her work with Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, reports The Huffington Post. The organization focuses on helping victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
"Trauma can make us narcissistic and myopic, turning us inward as we struggle with what we have seen, felt, and repressed," she said. "But connecting with other survivors reopens our world. Instead of scrambling for power by silencing other women, we're able to mutually strengthen each other through collaboration and support."
Watch Lena Dunham’s full speech below.