Lady Gaga released "Til It Happens To You," a new song about sexual assault which features a music video by Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke. The video is a sign of "love and solidarity" from Gaga to victims dealing with this reality and aims to empower the women who have spoken up about their experiences. The singer, who is a victim of sexual assault herself, announced via Twitter that a portion of the proceeds from sales of the song will be donated to organizations that help victims.
Gaga's video features actress Nikki Reed among others, and is a series of graphic clips of the women being sexually assaulted. The raw and emotional video is definitely tough to watch. However, it does end on a positive note, with the victims finding a bit of peace by reflecting and speaking with support groups, which will hopefully inspire other victims to speak up.
The lyrics describe the common things victims hear from others when their attack is revealed. The song opens up with, "You tell me it gets better, it gets better in time. You say I'll pull myself together, pull it together, you'll be fine" and goes on to explain that no one knows what it's like to be in the victim's shoes, "Tell me how the hell could you talk, how could you talk? Cause until you walk where I walk, this is no joke."
The song was made for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which debuted earlier this year and features real women who have dealt with the brutality of campus sexual assault and investigates schools that allegedly try to silence victims and cover-up these attacks. The powerful documentary shares some harrowing statistics and shows a side of the issue that isn't talked about often, like how athletics and fraternities have so much influence on whether or not many of these cases are given the attention they deserve by the administration.
If you or anyone you know would like to get more information on how to get involved, get help, or make a report, visitEndRapeOnCampus.org.