Lady Gaga gave a very emotional and heath throbbing performance of her Oscar-nominated ballad “Til It Happens to You” at this year’s academy awards. Gaga took to the stage alongside dozens of survivors of sexual abuse , with ‘survivor’, ‘not your fault’ and ‘it happened to me’ written on their forearms. They clasped hands for the song’s dramatic finale before receiving a standing ovation.

Gaga had previously revealed in December 2014 that she herself was abused by a music industry colleague, when she was 19. “You tell me it gets better, in time,” she sang. “Till it happens to you, you won’t know how I feel.”

Her performance was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, a veteran advocate for women’s rights. “Too many women and men on and off of college campuses are still victims of abuse,” said Biden. “Take the pledge: I will intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given. We must, and we can, change the culture.”

This is not the first time sexual abuse in the music industry has been brought to the headlines by celebrities this month. Kesha was denied of her ongoing battle to release herself from her contract with Sony following her sexual abuse allegations against producer Dr. Luke. Kornreich from the court this week. Other female A-Listers such as Taylor Swift, Adele and Miley Cyrus are showing their support over social media with the hashtag #FREEKE$HA.

Sexism is an ongoing problem in Hollywood, and today these issues are being brought forward and supported more than ever. Lady Gaga’s performance was one that was inspirational for millions of women all over the world and hopefully it won’t be the last! 

Article by Molly Ashby