- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 5, 2014

Actress Lena Dunham claims in her newly released memoir that she was raped by a “mustachioed campus Republican” when she was 19 attending Oberlin College in Ohio.

In “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,’” Ms. Dunham, 27, describes a sexual encounter with the college Republican, “Barry,” in which she says she was drunk, high on Xanax and cocaine, and in no condition to consent to sex, Breitbart reported.

“I’m not sure whether I can’t stop it or I don’t want to,” Ms. Dunham writes.

The “Girls” star said Barry forced himself onto her, and that she participated in an effort to convince herself the sex was consensual, Time reported.

She said she never considered it to be rape until she described the encounter to her roommate. Her roommate and “Girls” co-writers agreed it wasn’t consensual.



A study published by the University of Michigan indicates that the chances are as high as 80 percent that the man Ms. Dunham claims raped her will do it again, Breitbart reported. Ms. Dunham is now a public advocate for reforming campus sexual consent laws, but has not indicated that she plans on filing any charges against Barry.

Ohio’s statute of limitations for rape is 20 years.

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