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Lena Dunham Perfectly Explains Why Kesha Matters Now More Than Ever

'We will not accept shame and fear as the status quo.'

Lena Dunham is, in her words, "sickened" by the injustice Kesha experienced last Friday (February 19), when the court ruled she must honor her 10-year contract with Sony Music and her alleged rapist, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. On Tuesday afternoon, Dunham added her thoughts to the thousands of people, including celebrities like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, who've voiced their support for the Warrior singer.

"What's happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers," Dunham wrote in a powerful, emotional essay she penned for her "Lenny" newsletter. It's titled "Why Kesha's Case Is About More Than Kesha."

Dunham breaks it down with a spot-on metaphor: "Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don't have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they'll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you've been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?"

Dunham posted the essay's artwork, by illustrator Stefania Tejada, to her Instagram along with a touching message reminding everyone that "this is bigger than all of us."

"My love is with her [Kesha], and with every woman who has been hurt by the legal system's disregard for women's safety," Dunham wrote.