On the night of the 88th Academy Awards, Lady Gaga gave a powerful and heart-wrenching performance of the Oscar-nominated song, "Till It Happens to You," from the documentary, The Hunting Ground. Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden, introduced Gaga before her performance and quoted, "Let's change the culture," when talking about sexual harassment, violence, and assault. Not only was this performance emotional, but it brought awareness to the prominent issue of sexual assault on college campuses. On stage with Lady Gaga, were survivors of sexual assault that stood side-by-side in front of millions of people with words like, "It's not your fault," and "Survivor" written on their arms. The issue of sexual assault is relevant in popular culture today, as pop singer, Ke$ha, recently was unable to withdraw from her contract with alleged rapist, Dr. Luke. She tweeted at both Gaga and Biden, thanking them for "bringing attention to sexual assault at the Oscars." By using the Academy Awards as a platform, Lady Gaga was able to send her powerful message to a large audience and bring wide-spread awareness. As she sings in the song, "Until you're standing in my shoes, I don't want to hear nothing from you, Till it happens to you, you won't know how I feel," she expresses the emotions and feelings of those who have suffered from sexual assault. Overall, the performance was unforgettable as it brought support and passion about such issues. Tag #ItsOnUs on your social media to continue the talk of sexual assault on college campuses.
Lady Gaga performance of "Til it Happens to You" Source: ABCNews