Lady Gaga’s newest music video for “Till it Happens to You” doubles as a well directed and performed music video and a powerful PSA for campus rape. I have chills on my back as I write this, as I heard this song and watched the video.
There are some triggering scenes in this video, so just beware. Also this song is featured in the Hunting Ground, an expose “of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.”
Watch this video now. Encourage your friends to watch it. Watch it again. Understand and dissect the message. Campus rape DOES happen to MANY young women as well as men on college campuses daily across the world. The stigma surrounding sexual assault, especially on college campuses blames the young women. When we hear about campus rape or sexual assault, it is usually surrounding the victim, the vixen of a young woman who tempts a man because of what she is wearing, how many drinks she has, if she flirts with him. These are NOT justifiable reasons for rape. No matter what, no one asks to be raped. This stigma is still prevalent today. Many rapists are not convicted because of this argument.
Like the women in this music video, they were victims. They were preyed upon because women are perceived as weak. They couldn’t fight back. They were overpowered, drugged, and most importantly taken advantage of. As young women, especially our first years in college, we don’t understand everything. We still don’t understand everything. When we’re left in a vulnerable state while drinking, or in a hot basement at a party, it becomes difficult to make our own decisions or protect ourselves from everything. What you need to understand is that you did not ask for it. You have the power in you. If you are unable to fight back, you have the power to point out the person who attacked you and took your youth, your happiness. What you also need to understand is that it will get better. It doesn’t seem like it will now or at all, but it will eventually.
I can’t express how much I love this song. I love this so much. It’s so incredibly powerful and points out how campus rape takes away from the victim, but also how they can take the power back. Let me know what you think of it, if you want to share a story, or want to reach out and if you need help.
If you have been assaulted and need someone to talk to, call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.