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Lena Dunham attended Variety’s “Power of Women” New York luncheon presented by Lifetime on Friday, where she delivered an emotional speech about the importance of feminism and helping rape survivors.

While accepting an award for for her work with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, the Girls creator opened up about her own sexual assault experience, telling the crowd, “When I was raped I felt powerless. I felt my value had been determined by someone else.”

“Someone who sent me the message that my body was not my own, and my choices were meaningless,” the 28-year-old continued. “It took years to recognize my personal worth was not tied to my assault; the voices telling me I deserved this were phantoms, they were liars. So as a feminist, as a 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.”

Dunham was honored alongside Kim Kardashian, Rachel Weisz, Glenn Close, and Whoopi Goldberg at the star-studded event. Other attendees included Cobie Smulders, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Morrison and Orange Is the New Black star Dascha Polanco.