Lady Gaga and former vice president Joe Biden have teamed up for a new PSA video encouraging everyone to stand up for survivors of sexual assault, and to stand up against predators.
Former president Barack Obama and Biden created the “It’s On Us” campaign to help end sexual assault on college campuses. The efforts to empower the Office of Civil Rights to assist in these cases has since been rolled back by the Trump administration.
“I’m here not only with a close friend but a fierce advocate,” Biden says at the start of the video. “Lady Gaga has been the voice for people who have been forgotten and people who have been abused.”
He refers to her song “Till It Happens To You,” which deals with sexual assault, and was written for the film The Hunting Ground.
“Well, it happened to her,” he continues, “and she’s shown enormous courage. And we want to make it real clear, it’s on us, it’s on everyone to intervene, to stop abuse when they see it and when they hear about it.”
“I am a sexual assault survivor, and I know the effects, the aftermath, the trauma, psychological, physical, mental,” she continues. “It can be terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body.”
“But we’re here to remind you that it’s important to reach out to someone in your life that you can trust, and to know that they will be there to help you,” she continues. “There will be someone there to listen.”
“Cause you know what? It’s on us.”
Statistics show the LGBTQ community is at an increased risk for sexual assault.
Watch the video below.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 25, 2017
Biden recently told Vanity Fair he isn’t ruling out a possible presidential run in 2020.