9.19.15 | Laura Donovan
Singer Lady Gaga released a powerful music video on Thursday about the impact of sexual assault for her song "Til It Happens To You." Gaga, who famously teamed up with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this summer to pass legislation on fighting campus sexual assault, created this video to accompany campus sexual assault documentary "The Hunting Ground."
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 18, 2015
Lady Gaga's personal experience with sexual assaultThe video, which includes painful instances of sexual assault, wraps up with the statistic that one in five undergraduate women experience an attempted or completed sexual assault while they are in college. This is not the first time Gaga has included the issue of sexual assault in her music. Late last year, she revealed to radio host Howard Stern that her 2013 song "Swine" was about being sexually assaulted at age 19 by a man 20 years older than her.
"It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later," she said. "It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, 'Just keep going,' because I just had to get out of there."
Even today, Lady Gaga says she would be traumatized to see this man in person.