Lady Gaga, known for using her music for social activism, has just released her most powerful creation yet: a music video for her first single of the year "Til It Happens to You."
The song was written by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga for The Hunting Ground, a documentary film about on-campus sexual assaults in the United States, and the music video doubles as a PSA for the same issue.
The video, directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke, is a deeply unnerving montage of sexual assault stories.
A woman is violently attacked by a friend in her dorm room; a queer woman wearing a binder is raped in the shared men's restroom; two friends are drugged and assaulted after a party.
It ends on a hopeful note, though; the women eventually get help from their support groups and stand with them in solidarity — tall, proud survivors rather than cowering victims — as Gaga sings,“Till it happens to you, you won’t know how it feels.”
Needless to say, it's difficult to watch, but given how commonplace these instances are, it's very important to see.
You can watch it here (but please be warned that it contains graphic content):