Lena Dunham is one tough lady!
The Girls star gave a typically candid speech while accepting an award at Variety's Power Of Women Gala on Friday, where she described how she felt after being raped in harrowing detail.
"When I was raped, I felt powerless," she told the crowd at the New York event.
"I felt my value had been determined by someone else," she said. "Someone who sent me the message that my body was not my own and my choices were meaningless."
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The star described the assault in detail in the pages of her essay collection 'Not That Kind Of Girl.' But despite the trauma of the experience, Lena has since turned it into a positive thing for herself - and for other women in the same awful situation.
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"It took years to recognize my worth was not tied to my assault, the voices telling me I deserved this were phantoms, they were liars," she continued.
"So as a feminist and sexual assault survivor, my ultimate goal is to use my experience, my platform and yes, my privilege, to reverse stigma and give voice to other survivors."
Lena, 28, was being recognized at the Gala for her work with GEMS, an organization that works towards empowering girls and young women who are victims of sexual assault.
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