Lady Gaga & Joe Biden Team Up to Address Sexual Assault Support & Accountability
"It’s on us, it’s on everyone to intervene -- to stop abuse when they see about and when they hear about it," said the vice president in a video message.
Lady Gaga and former Vice President Joe Biden are teaming up with the nonprofit It's On Us to advocate for accountability and support for sexual assault survivors.
In a video message shared on Wednesday (Oct. 25), Gaga acknowledged that she is a sexual assault survivor and she understands the trauma that lingers in the aftermath. Meanwhile, Biden called the pop star a “great friend” and “a voice for people who have been forgotten, the people who have been abused.”
“She’s shown enormous courage,” Biden said of Gaga. “And we want to make it real clear. It’s on us, it’s on everyone to intervene -- to stop abuse when they see about and when they hear about it, to intervene. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman for any reason other than self-defense. Ever. Period.”
Lady Gaga urged folks not to forget about male survivors.
“It can be terrifying waking up everyday feeling unsafe in your own body,” Gaga said. “But we’re here to remind you that it’s important to reach out to someone in your life that can trust and to know that they will be there to help you. There will be someone to listen, because you know what, it’s on us.”
Both are outspoken advocates for sexual abuse survivors. Lady Gaga memorably brought dozens of survivors on stage with her during her performance of “Til It Happens to You” at the Oscars -- part of The Hunting Ground, a documentary focusing on sexual assaults across college campuses.
Hear what they have to say below.