05/18/2015 05:49 pm ET

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand And 'House Of Cards' Creator Beau Willimon Debunk The Biggest Myths About Rape

The important conversation about the realities of sexual assault in America hit the stage this year with "SLUT: The Play," which follows the tale of a 16-year-old girl who is raped by three friends. The play lands in Washington, D.C., on May 19, and two of its biggest supporters -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon -- talked with HuffPost Live on Monday about the necessity of tackling the rape taboo.

During a conversation with host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Gillibrand and Willimon responded to a viewer question about society's biggest misconceptions about sexual assault and how to shift the paradigm that often mischaracterizes rape as "a college prank or boys being boys."

Watch Gillibrand and Willimon dispel common rape myths in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about "SLUT: The Play."



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