Lady Gaga – Till It Happens To You [VIDEO]

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Written and directed by “Twilight’s” Catherine Hardwicke, the video opens with a warning of its graphic content. “I hope that this PSA, with its raw and truthful portrayals, will send a clear message that we need to support these courageous survivors and end this epidemic plaguing our college campuses,” Hardwicke said in a statement. “Till It Happens To You,” composed by Diane Warren, is Lady Gaga’s first single of 2015. The song is the theme for the campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which debuted in January. A portion of the song’s sale proceeds will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I can’t watch this. I hope it makes money for the cause.

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  • Peg

    Devastating.

  • Megatron Man

    I do not think this message will reach the people it needs to most. They worked hard on this and it shows. If it challenges one person to rethink their position, it was worth the effort.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Absolutely moving. For those of us in academe, we can try as much as possible to try to get this message out to students. Having noted, (I can tell even before I send the link to admin to let them know I’m sending it out) someone is going to freak out at that very idea.

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    It is bizarre to me, or at least it seems counter-intuitive or contradictory, that as college campus become more & more female, and young women on campuses complain of the disproportion and lack of available men, there seems to be a spike in rape at the same time. I’ve heard the theory that it’s always been going on as much but it was under-reported in the past, but my gut instincts tell me that’s not the whole story and there is something different going on now.

  • stuckinthewoods

    You don’t question if there was something you should have noticed until it happens to you. Prevention should emphasize warning signs. Were you safe or just not aware you actually weren’t?

    • melllt

      Were you just victim shaming or just not aware that you actually were?

      • stuckinthewoods

        I was remembering

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          (((((())))))))

    • Bionic Lady

      As a victim, I can relate to where you are coming from with thinking back on things you should have noticed beforehand; However emphasizing warning signs is pretty much all they do these days and puts the responsibility/blame on the victim, not the perpetrator.

      JustDucky said it best “We teach women how they should act, how they should dress, and which public spaces they are allowed to occupy so they won’t be raped. We refuse to teach men not to rape. The overwhelming majority of rapists will never see the inside of a jail cell.

      In our schools, we don’t teach affirmative consent. We teach that “good” girls don’t want to have sex and it must be taken from them through manipulation. We teach that “bad” girls who have had sex already are like chewed chewing gum.”

  • Captain Jack

    From what I understand this has been happening for decades..I’m glad it’s out there now for the world to see.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      Yes. In Columbus, OH, where I lived for a long time, the campus neighborhood has statistically been the highest-crime neighborhood in the city for decades – since the 80s at least. Not, as many falsely believe, the predominantly African-American neighborhoods, but campus. Young people on their own for the first time plus an overabundant supply of alcohol.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I only made it to 1:40 and I am crying my eyes out. That’s really difficult to watch, but sadly this had to be made. Awareness needs to be brought to this issue.

  • BostonBud

    Wow. no words.

  • Lars De

    I cannot fathom the statistic that one out of five women will be sexually assaulted, I just can’t. When I think of the number of women that I know personally it means, at least statistically, that there are many more who have been impacted by this than I know of, and I’m already shocked by the ones that I know of. Why are far too many men like this?

    • JustDucky

      We live in a society in which judges blame little girls for being raped (including, recently, a three year old girl) instead of blaming rapists for raping them. We teach women how they should act, how they should dress, and which public spaces they are allowed to occupy so they won’t be raped. We refuse to teach men not to rape. The overwhelming majority of rapists will never see the inside of a jail cell.

      In our schools, we don’t teach affirmative consent. We teach that “good” girls don’t want to have sex and it must be taken from them through manipulation. We teach that “bad” girls who have had sex already are like chewed chewing gum.

      We criminalize consensual sex for money to “protect women” but 70% of the people we arrest on prostitution related charges are women. Women (especially trans* women of color) are sometimes arrested for carrying condoms.

      The only way we are going to change our rape statistics is by changing our culture. I hope this video helps, even if it’s just a tiny little bit.

      • CottonBlimp

        That being said, it’s a little unnerving for this to come out from a director of Twilight, which is like a list of every creepy facet of rape culture, right up to the little girl they groom to marry off to her godfather.

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    • ColdCountry

      Too many societies teach that men “can’t control their lusts,” and women should guard themselves and act accordingly. We have to stop teaching males that they have some “right” to sex, and stop insulting them by saying that they can’t control themselves. We also need to stop thinking of sex as a weapon. This makes me SO ANGRY.

      • cleos_mom

        Of course, if men truly couldn’t control “their lusts”, they should be the ones subjected to curfews and restrictions on what jobs they could take. The actual actions resulting from that belief have been on a par with stopping law-abiding citizens and putting them in jail if they have no outstanding warrants.

        • ColdCountry

          Yup. The college I went to in ’68 had 6-8 pages of rules for women in the freshmen handbook: dress code, curfews, etc. How many pages for men? None. Zip, zero, nada. Not even a curfew.

          • cleos_mom

            If you didn’t attend the University of Georgia, you must have attended one that was pretty similar. I was a freshman there in 1968, class of 1971.

            We had the same list, including a dress code. The University made no secret of their policy being that they functioned “in loco parentis” for the female students. For their “protection”, of course. Which was just an academic way of saying that they treated male students as adults, female students as children. Female students were forbidden to visit a male student who lived off-campus, unless the female student HAD A NOTE FROM HER PARENTS. People who attended college after 1970 or so would probably think I’m making this up.

            But we got that changed during my freshman year. A number of activist woman and more than a few men got fed up and marched on the Administration Building, even occupying it for a few days. (I was present at the demonstration: hadn’t made a picket sign but it was raining so I waved my umbrella and hollered.)

            The University made a lot of law-and-order and protecting-the-ladies noises, but by the end of my freshman year the rules were the same for men and women.

          • ColdCountry

            We were allowed to wear pants to class if the professor allowed it. I always did, and no one ever said boo, though I never asked. No pants in the library, ever. No pants anywhere on campus – unless you were playing sports – even in the dorm common room on Sunday. No pants in the dining room for dinner. No women in the men’s dining room, but men could breakfast in the women’s dining room. Sundays, the women could eat in the men’s dining room, which was nice because they had a lot better food. That changed my freshmen – only – year when they built a new, big, building for a dining hall. Unfortunately, the food got worse. The year after I left, they did away with the dress code, at least. You couldn’t have a car until your junior year, and the town was tiny and the nearest “city” was an hour and a half away, and it was Wheeling, WV. Fortunately, I’m not a city kid.

            More than 30 years later I discovered that the office I (from CT) was temporarily sharing at work (in Maine) belonged to a guy (from NJ) who had been in my class in that tiny college in WV. As had William H. Macy, but I didn’t remember either of them.

  • ElenorRigby

    what a gorgeous song, too. Lady Gaga has a very beautiful voice.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Another Dianne Warren masterpiece. Yes, it’s triggering. I’m too sad to cry.

  • Andrea_Rae

    When you give up white male privilege you learn how f’d up the world really is. . . . . .

  • TMA

    Let’s see…what’s the over/under on what percentage of viewers reflexively thumbed this down on YouTube? 40%?

  • Thom Kulesa

    Lot of tissues watching this one. All that volunteer work, back when I physically could, split mostly between anti-rape work on campuses, and pro-choice work at doctors offices. Years and years of work, and nothing has improved. It seems like it just keeps getting worse… 🙁