Healthy friendships are built on compatibility, but that doesn't mean we can always agree on everything. The women on HBO's Girls may be an often-flawed representation of modern-day female friendships, but there is one issue that the main cast, also friends in real life, can say they absolutely agree on.
In a PSA for NowThis, Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams shared some crucial advice to raise awareness about how we respond to sexual assault survivors.
Recent cases involving accusations that powerful men assaulted — sexually or otherwise — women around them have typically been received by both the media and society at large with skepticism and dismissal.
But why do we do that? What if, instead of brushing them off, we believe, support, and listen to survivors?
Whether it's a phone call, offering to drive them to medical care, or lending an ear, there are so many constructive and helpful ways to support sexual assault survivors.
"You already have the power to create a safer, healthier environment for women to come forward," Williams says in the video.
The way society treats women — or men — who allege they have been sexually assaulted has only served to deter other survivors from speaking up for fear of the social stigma or the lack of repercussions that their perpetrator will face.