Lady Gaga performed a breathtaking performance of “Til It Happens To You” at the Academy Awards on Sunday alongside several survivors of sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse Survivors Stand With Lady Gaga
Image from LA Times (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Lady Gaga and songwriter, Diane Warren, were nominees for Best Original Song, which was written for The Hunting Ground, a documentary which sheds light on sexual assaults on college campuses throughout the United States. The official music video for this song was released in 2015 and its captivating imagery could give anyone chills. Chances are, we all know someone affected by some form of sexual abuse, making this subject very relatable.

You will see in the below video that dozens of survivors stood by Lady Gaga with messages written on their arms, including:

  • “It happened to me”
  • “Survivor”
  • “Not your fault”


After the stunning performance, Lady Gaga took to social media with posts thanking those who stood by her on stage as well as her partner who she says “stood by me all night proud and unshamedly.”





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