Sexual assault is a very real thing that happens to one in five women on college campuses in the United States.
Today, Gaga returned to music to share a heart-breaking song and video created to aid in the fight against sexual assault and harsh realities of college, highlighting the harrowing experiences it can yield.
This video is a brilliant PSA regarding respect for survivors of rape and sexual assault. It is open, respectful and hard hitting.
The video is graphic, raw and completely realistic. It showcases different people dealing with sexual assault and the aftermath.
The emotional tone is almost too much to watch, but that is why it's important. Feeling uncomfortable and threatened in your own skin is horrific. This happens to many people, and too much. In college I remember feeling unsafe and victimized a few times.
People hide pain under even the happiest faces.
Gaga did a great thing, by sharing this video, this song, and the power of music in an attempt for real change.
The song captures the detriment of blase attitudes derived by people who think "oh it won't happen to me...so it doesn't matter."
Gaga does not appear anywhere in the video, and lets the subject, tone and song speak for her. This is the mark of advocating for a cause on a very real level.
I have always been impressed by Gaga. I believe she is a new breed of star, one that shines bright because of her pure intentions, her kind heart and her awareness of the world. This video is going to trend, and create a big dialogue surrounding real issues. This video is important.
Open the dialogue. Create change. Do more.
Thank you Gaga, for this.