Try not to let this story destroy your faith in dumpy exhibitionists with a loose grip on reality:
Breitbart News was (un)able to verify  Dunham’s story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry.
On top of the name Barry, which Dunham does not identify as a pseudonym (more on the importance of this below), Dunham drops close to a dozen specific clues about the identity of the man she alleges raped her as a 19-year-old student. Some of the details are personality traits like his being a “poor loser” at poker. Other details are quite specific. For instance, Dunham informs us her rapist sported a flamboyant mustache, worked at the campus library, and even names the radio talk show he hosted.
To be sure we get the point, on three occasions Dunham tells her readers that her attacker is a Republican or a conservative, and a prominent one at that — no less than the “campus’s resident conservative.”
For weeks, and to no avail, using phone and email and online searches, Breitbart News was able to verify just one of these details. Like everyone else interested, we immediately found that there indeed was a prominent Republican named Barry who attended Oberlin at the time in question.
Whatever her motives, Dunham is pointing her powerful finger at this man. But as you will read in the details below, the facts do not point back at him. Not even close. This man is by all accounts (including his own) innocent.
Nonetheless, even though she is aware of the suspicion under which she placed this man, to our knowledge, Dunham has yet to clear his name.
But she does plenty to sully it. In the article (which quotes her bestselling book), she provides gruesome details. I’m sorry, fictional gruesome details.
Anyone with half a brain and access to Google has already discovered that, during Dunham’s time at Oberlin College, there was a prominent Republican named Barry who was politically active and quite well-known.
Breitbart News is not going to name this man. Instead, we will refer to him throughout as “Barry One.”
Last month, Barry One told National Review’s Kevin Williamson that “he has never met Dunham and had no relationship with her.”
Our independent investigation backs that up.
Under scrutiny, Dunham’s rape story didn’t just fall apart; it evaporated into pixie dust and blew away.
You can read for yourself.
I am left as I am often left with Ms. Dunham: sick to my stomach. If she was raped, it was not as she tells it. Maybe her recall is faulty, though she went out of her way to implicate someone who would appear to be innocent of the crime. Why? Was she raped by a different man, but she hung the rap on an innocent Republican? Why? Was she not raped at all, but borrowed the gore from a real victim’s account? Again, why? Did she just make the whole thing up, down to the last lusty pant? If so, one can speculate as to why.
PS: You might think this stellar example of investigative journalism would be congratulated. No, you wouldn’t, not really. And you’d be right:
Slate writer Amanda Marcotte ripped into Breitbart News over an investigative piece published Thursday that calls into question Lena Dunham’s story of being raped as a 19 year-old by a campus Republican named Barry.
Responding to a tweet from Bloomberg Politics’ Dave Weigel that linked the story, Marcotte tweeted back, “It’s really time for people to understand that rape denialism is like Holocaust denialism: Broad refusal to accept reality.”
Wait, I thought global warming deniers were like Holocaust deniers. Godwin’s Law strikes again!