One in five college women will be sexually assaulted unless something changes.
Lady Gaga’s new video for her song “Til it Happens to You” tackles the issue of sexual assault on college campuses in an unflinching and violent manner. The video depicts women being drugged and raped at college parties and in bathrooms and during study sessions. It also sheds light on the devastating psychological damage felt by the victimized women and their silent suffering is represented by writing on their arms that says, “Believe me,” “I am worthless,” and “Sometimes I hate myself.”
In the video, a haunting statistic is presented that shows just how important it is for this issue to get more attention, “One in five college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes.” According to a recent study by The Washington Post, 47% of women that are assualted knew their assailants very or fairly well. 9% of the victims were given a drug without their consent. And, after the incident, 71% told someone about it, but only 12% reported the assault to a campus authority. Disturbingly, only 10% of assailants were held legally responsible for the crime.
Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics to “Til it Happens to You.”
You tell me it gets better, it gets better in time
You say I’ll pull myself together, pull it together, you’ll be fine
Tell me, what the hell do you know? What do you know?
Tell me how the hell could you know? How could you know?
Til it happens to you, you don't know how it feels, how it feels
Til it happens to you, you won't know, it won't be real
No, it won't be real, won't know how it feels
WARNING VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT
For help, call the national Sexual Abuse Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE.
(H/T The Washington Post)