Lena Dunham Responds to Article Claiming She "Sexually Abused" Her Sister 7 years ago

Lena Dunham Responds to Article Claiming She "Sexually Abused" Her Sister

Some readers may find the details of this story upsetting.



Lena Dunham has described the accusation that she sexually abused her younger sister as “upsetting and disgusting.”

The Girls creator responded to an article, published on Truth Revolt, which quoted a passage from her book Not That Kind Of Girl (which consists of a collection of non-fictional personal essays).

The piece, titled “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister”, claims that Dunham describes using her sister to sexually experiment with and persuading her to kiss her using methods a “sexual predator might ”.

It cited the following excerpt from Not That Kind Of Girl:


“Do we all have uteruses?” I asked my mother when I was seven.

“Yes,” she told me. “We’re born with them, and with all our eggs, but they start out very small. And they aren’t ready to make babies until we’re older.” I look at my sister, now a slim, tough one-year-old, and at her tiny belly. I imagined her eggs inside her, like the sack of spider eggs in Charlotte’s Webb, and her uterus, the size of a thimble.

“Does her vagina look like mine?”

“I guess so,” my mother said. “Just smaller.”


One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked.

My mother came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!”

My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.

Dunham has since responded to the accusations on Twitter: