Lady Gaga shines light on campus rape epidemic in powerful ‘Til It Happens to …

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Lady Gaga Debuts New Music Video: “Til It Happens To You”.

Lady Gaga teamed with Diane Warren to record “Til It Happens to You” for The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about the campus rape epidemic facing colleges around the country. On Friday, Lady Gaga released the song’s powerful, disturbing and emotional new video. “The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally upsetting but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses,” reads a title card before the clip, which features scenes of sexual assault at various familiar college locations – a dorm room, a party – and the aftermath for the victims. (“Believe me,” one woman writes on her arm.) Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Kiersey Clemons (Dope) are among the stars of the video, which was written and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. If you want help or advice, please contact the free, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year) The black and white video opens with a graphic content warning for viewers before depicting scenes of abuse towards women at college and their attempts to recover. And by making sure the attacks differ in location, scenario and the appearances of both rapist and victim, Gaga is breaking the myth of there being a ‘typical rape’.

The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy recently said of Gaga’s character: “She owns the hotel and she is sort of a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art and fashion and people. Earlier this year, Gaga – who has previously spoken publically about being sexually assaulted at the age of 19, joined a campaign to tackle sexual assault on university campuses in New York. Along with New York state governer Andrew Cuomo, she signed an open letter pushing for new legislation to strengthen the fight against what some perceive as an endemic “rape culture” at university.

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