Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer have a common interest in women’s rights. So when Lena saw that Amy had made a sketch to bring attention to sexual assault in the military, Lena had to share on Twitter.
The sketch is from the Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” and Amy is playing a video game that’s described as “just like ‘Call of Duty,’ except the gameplay is way more realistic.” She decides to play as a female soldier, and her character is soon sexually assaulted by another soldier. The video game asks if she wants to report. She does. It asks if she’s sure. She is! It asks if she knows her assaulter has a family, and does that change her mind about reporting?
The next level has her filling out paperwork, and then she goes to the Pentagon to have her character attacked. Her assaulter is found guilty in a military court, but then his commanding officer doesn’t like that decision, so the soldier gets off scot-free.
Amy’s character acts kinda ditsy during this, but this sketch was clearly well thought out and written precisely to show this sort of thing really has happened in the military. The Invisible No More coalition reports: “Since 2006, more than 95,000 service members have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. military” and “Less than five percent of all sexual assaults are put forward for prosecution, and less than a third of those cases result in imprisonment.”
“Inside Amy Schumer” isn’t just about LOLs — it also wants to bring up important issues so we can get motivated to do something about them.
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