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Lady Gaga has received a standing ovation for her emotional performance of Til It Happens to You surrounded by sexual assault survivors at the 2016 Oscars.

Gaga and songwriter Diane Warren were nominated for Best Original Song for the ballad written for 2015 college campus sexual assault documentary, The Hunting Ground.

The Grammy winner was joined on stage by dozens of sexual assault survivors who had messages such as "unbreakable" and "it's not your fault" scrawled on their arms, which they later raised in a powerful sign of strength.

The Oscars audience gave Gaga's performance a standing ovation, with visibly moved actresses such as Kate Winslet and Rachel McAdams.

United States Vice President Joe Biden introduced Gaga's performance, also to a standing ovation, calling her "a friend and a courageous lady".

The Obama administration introduced the 'It's On Us' campaign in 2014 to end sexual assault on US college campuses.

Calling himself "the least qualified man of the night", Mr Biden said too many men and women were still being abused on college campuses.

"We must and can change the culture so no abused woman and man, like the survivors you will see tonight, will have to ask themselves, 'what did I do?' They did nothing wrong."

Gaga was sexually assaulted herself at the age of 19, revealing in an interview in December that she didn't tell anyone for seven years.

"Because of the way that I dress, and the way that I'm provocative as a person, I thought that I had brought it on myself in some way," she said.

The Grammy winner said Til It Happens to You made her cry every time she listened to it.

In an Instagram photo from backstage, Gaga thanked her actor fiance Taylor Kinney for making her believe she could be loved as as assault survivor.

"I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me. He's stood by me all night proud and unashamedly.THAT'S a real man."

Sam Smith won the Best Original Song category for his James Bond theme, Writing's On the Wall.

Mr Biden introduced the Violence Against Women Act in Congress in 1990, which has been followed by a 50 per cent decrease in rates of domestic violence, according to the White House.

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# Malcolm
Monday, 25 January 2016 2:52 AM
People are leaving the church in droves, in the past the church got by on reputation, which is presently in tatters. We all now know it is presently rife. The only way to turn this around is to do what Jesus would of, which is stop protecting paedofiles and at least pay for psychologists to heal the wounds. By holding their present stance (paedofilea dose not deserve punishment, our rep and money mean more than screwing up people's lives who's care you were responsible for. Paedofiles ! move them on and cover up their tracks and help them, and then let the victums know they won't get justice but the perpitraitor will have a fresh supply of new victims.) What a great organization. Until I see a big change my faith doesn't exist, I was brought up in a abusive family and taken to church every week, church has evil in it. Stop pretending and weed them out and punish and the guilty ,help the hurt. You have the power.
# Steve
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 6:18 AM
All religions are based on medieval ideals,which has turned into a Chinese whisper, being changed to suit the heir achy of each institution. It is all written around fear " believe or you will burn in hell" back in the dark ages when people still thought the world was flat. Now it is an excuse to make money, tax free and spend millions on places of worship, whilst people they tell you to help die of disease & starvation. What would the Vatican be worth. All religions are hypocritical, the worst thing is that when believers die they won't know they wasted their lives. I was abused by the leader of a sect I worked for because they kept him away from children in his sect ( hiding him) so I was the next best thing being a young teenager, the worst thing was I didn't have the guts to say anything and found out later in life that he had abused many more children,this destroyed me. It is hard but please people speak up as others who cannot will be affected.
Ivan  Sayer
# Ivan Sayer
Monday, 8 February 2016 11:21 AM
I read Chrissie Foster's book. She and her husband wore out a lifetime caring for their abused daughters. The abuser spent less than 24 months in jail. The law needs reform as much as the church! Remember, those were only two of his many victims.
Ivan Sayer
Lyn Reed
# Lyn Reed
Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:14 AM
Just because those in the church hierarchy are benefitting from it with wealth and power in abundance, and can live in their "citadel" as Tim Minchin says, does not mean God does not care. Religion has so much to answer for, not least providing healing services for those millions upon millions of "lost sheep" who are left angry at and blaming God because of the misuse and clear divergence from what Jesus was on about, the likes of which he condemned clearly in the Jewish religious hierarchy of his time. George Pell appears to have "consented" to meet with victims and their families "after he has given" his response to the Royal Commission i.e. they are to be excluded. As Tim says, what a "coward" and a "buffoon"! Any outrage should be directed at him and the Pope who promoted him to Rome, if you please, in the middle of the controversy instead of letting him face the consequences! I thank God for Julia Gillard and the instigation of the Royal Commission, all the people who have had to listen day in and out to the terrible stories, Chief Justice McClellan and the others as well as Counsels Assisting. This has been a long time coming and may not happen again in our lifetime!

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