What Lena Dunham has said, done, and represents, is highly disturbing to myself and hundreds of thousands of other survivors of child sexual abuse. With the much appreciated help of my reader, Grace, who has been as affected and disturbed as I have been about this situation, we have complied a list of addresses and phone numbers where people can send a letter, or email, to take action in this very serious matter.
I know from personal experience that it can be very scary to make a call, or write a letter about something like this. I used to be too afraid to voice myself via telephone, and writing letters against injustice used to send me into a very frightening place in my mind. Death threats and psychological manipulation in childhood can easily do that to a person.
But please know, that it is empowering to take action, to stand up for yourself, and for another child.
With the help of Grace, I have posted this form letter which she wrote, beautifully, and she has given me permission to copy and paste it as your own letter, or you can tweak it a bit and make it more personal. Please do this ASAP, and send it off right away because time is of the essence in this matter. (Canadian residents, HBO Canada address is provided at the bottom of this page)
[Your name and address]
To: Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
Dear Mr. Plepler:
I am writing to express my concern with one of your programs: “Girls,” created by and starring Lena Dunham. In her book, Not That Kind of Girl Dunham admits to coercing her underage sister and manipulating her emotions by offering candy to kiss her for extended periods of time. She also wrote about masturbating next to her sleeping (minor) sister until she (Lena) was 17 years old, describing her sister’s underage body as ‘sticky and muscular,’ which undoubtedly creates an undertone of sexual attraction as her motivation for such activities. Lena Dunham describes her own actions as those of a “sexual predator.”
It is disturbing that Home Box Office, Inc. / Time Warner, Inc., a multi-national network, would condone the actions of someone who self-identifies as a sexual predator of children (indeed, her sister was a child -seven years her junior- while the events described in the memoir took place, and lasted until Lena was nearly a legal adult).
Lena Dunham, a woman who has openly and arrogantly admitted to initiating and perpetrating Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse, is paid millions of dollars by Home Box Office, Inc. / Time Warner, Inc. to produce and star in “Girls.” Child-on-Child sexual abuse is a form of child sexual abuse in which a prepubescent child is sexually abused by one or more other children or adolescent youths, and in which no adult is directly involved. The term has been defined as sexual activity between children that occurs “without consent, without equality, or as a result of coercion.” 1.
Lena Dunham has undoubtedly described this in detail in her book and should not only apologize for the flagrant manner in which she writes about the vile actions committed against her child sister, but her contract should be terminated and “Girls” cancelled indefinitely.
Your corporation should not place someone who calls him or herself a “sexual predator” in a position of influence. Someone who exploits children in this way should not be deemed a worthy employee of Home Box Office, Inc. / Time Warner, Inc. Lena Dunham is exploiting children with her book. Lena exploits the child inside her sister, who is damaged in ways not fully comprehended, and she exploits all children everywhere who have been, or are being, abused by someone who dares to hold Lena Dunham as a role model (“If Lena Dunham does it, it can’t be that bad”). As long as she is permitted to enter the homes of millions of viewers via your network, the children of this world are not safe. She gains publicity through her program airing on your network, which draws more people to her book and to her dangerous message. Her words send the message that child predation and sexual abuse are acceptable, and even laughable. This is the attitude she exudes in her book, in public interviews, and on social media: arrogant disregard for the outrage felt by readers and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Home Box Office, Inc. / Time Warner, Inc. have a responsibility to cease funding and supporting such an individual.
Any continued association between Lena Dunham and Home Box Office, Inc. / Time Warner, Inc. reflects an attitude which condones or otherwise considers sexual abuse of minors as acceptable. Thousands of citizens globally have lost confidence in your programming, and I have personally heard multiple accounts of others who will no longer support “Girls” and/or HBO due to the affiliation with Lena Dunham. There is a petition circulating globally via the Internet, addressed to HBO, with the signatures of over 1100 outraged citizens who believe your network should cancel “Girls” indefinitely and immediately terminate Dunham’s contract. HBO is not obligated to let anyone say what he or she wants without consequences.
Dunham should not be above the law in any way, shape or form, and certainly should not be placed in a position of fame or power in the media. As long as you showcase anything associated with Lena Dunham, or any other self-proclaimed child molester, I will cancel my subscription to HBO. I have shared this letter through multiple avenues. I hope you are interested in regaining the confidence of your viewers and I expect action from Home Box Office, Inc. / Time Warner, Inc.
1. Shaw, J (2000). “Child on child sexual abuse: Psychological perspectives”.
Child Abuse & Neglect 24 (12): 1591–1600.
Sincerely, [your name]
— Please send a copy to the BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
You can email your letter to HBO by going to this link: http://www.hbo.com/#/about/contact-us.html/ (But a letter is more effective) Make sure to choose the option “HBO Shows” and then there is a choice for “Girls” (Lena Dunham’s show) –The online form won’t let you send your message without choosing an option.
It would be great for everyone to make a copy of the letter and also send it to the address provided below:
Keith Cocozza Senior Vice President Corporate Communications
Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center New York,
Then please Carbon Copy the letter with this address, to:
CC: Casey Bloys Executive Vice President, HBO Programming
CC: Michael Ellenberg Executive Vice President, HBO Programming
CC: Susan Ennis Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Strategy
CC: Michael Lombardo President, HBO Programming
CC: Robert Roth Executive Vice President and CFO
I posted the letter to an online “complaints” board: http://www.complaintsboard.com/new_complaint/
HBO Customer Service: 1-212-512-1208 HBO Corporate: 1-212-512-1000
You can write the editor who allowed Lena Dunham’s book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” to be published:
New York N.Y. 10019
PETITION TO END “GIRLS” CONTRACT WITH HBO:
For my Canadian Readers: HBO Canada Brookfield Place 181 Bay Street P.O. Box 787, Suite 100 Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3 Canadian Broadcast Standards Council at firstname.lastname@example.org Fax a letter to the Secretary General at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission Mailing address for the Secretary General, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2 (Fax number: 819-994-0218) HBO Canada’s “Contact Us” page: http://www.hbocanada.com/customercare/contactus.php
Please take action. It is helpful for your inner child, and for the innocence of other children. ______________________________________________________________