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Lady Gaga’s Powerful New Video Highlights the Problem of Campus Sexual Assault

Whatever you think of Lady Gaga, there’s one thing we can all agree on: she is truly a celebrity who uses her fame for good. Whether she’s speaking out in support of the LGBTQ+ community or, in this case, shedding light on an important issue across college campuses, she’s using her voice to spread messages that everybody needs to hear.

Her latest single, “Til It Happens To You,” is no exception. The song was created as a part of the documentary on campus rape, The Hunting Ground, directed by the Academy Award-nominated Kirby Dick.

Gaga’s video was released yesterday and doubles as a public service announcement on sexual assault on campus. The video, which is dark and raw, starts with a trigger warning, but adds that what you’ll see “reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, composer Diane Warren explains, “I didn’t want to sugarcoat it.”

A portion of the song’s proceeds will be donated to organizations supporting survivors of sexual assault—so be sure to download it on iTunes now.

Alice is the Senior Associate Editor at Her Campus. She graduated from Emory University in 2012 as an English major and a Dance minor. Before joining Her Campus, she was an associate editor at Lucky Magazine. She is currently located in Salt Lake City, UT, where she spends her free time rescuing orphaned kittens, whose lives are documented on Instagram at @thekittensquad! You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @alicefchen.
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