posted on March 01, 2016 10:06
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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