Before Lady Gaga performs her Oscar-nominated single "Till It Happens to You" at the Academy Awards, Vice President Joe Biden will introduce her on stage and promote sexual assault awareness. The vice president will be speaking about the White House's It's On Us campaign.
"Twenty-one years ago, I wrote the Violence Against Women Act to end the scourge of violence against women and hold perpetrators accountable," Biden wrote in a press release about the campaign. "It's been a great success, but even one attack is one too many."
His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will accompany him at the Oscars.
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Lady Gaga's "Till it Happens to You" focuses on the pain from having a sexual assault. It was used in the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground, which highlighted sexual assaults on college campuses.
A portion of the proceeds from downloads of "Till it Happens to You" went to support groups and organizations that help sexual assault victims recover. The song was also used as a PSA to convince sexual assault victims to come forward and report.
In 2014, Lady Gaga revealed that she was sexually assaulted at age 19 by a man who was 20 years older than her.
"It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later," she said, via Rolling Stone. "It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, 'Just keep going,' because I just had to get out of there."
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Lady Gaga has been a staunch advocate highlighting issues pertaining to helping sexual assault victims. Last year, she helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promote a bill that protects sexual assault victims on campuses and they wrote an op-ed together.
"We have a responsibility to the young men and women of this country to stand up against sexual violence everywhere. Everyone — from lawmakers and educators to advocates like Born This Way Foundation and the students themselves — need to join forces on this issue," they penned in the op-ed. "Together, we must create the scaffolding necessary to foster the mental, emotional, and physical health of all young people."
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