Lady Gaga and former Vice President Joe Biden are teaming up again to assist battle sexual assault, this time with a call to action on social media.
“We want to make it real clear: it’s on us,” said Biden, “It’s on everybody to intervene, to stop abuse when they see it and when they hear about it.”
Though sexual assault and different types of sexual violence are nothing new, the subject has been making a number of headlines in recently weeks following the frequent allegations of sexual assault, harassment, or rape towards Harvey Weinstein. (Via his lawyer, Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.) Since the allegations started, the Twitter campaign #MeToo has been revived, motivating 1000’s of ladies (and males) to share their own experiences. Gaga included.
“A message from me & my buddy Vice President @JoeBiden @ItsOnUs to stop sexual assault,” captions the singer and sexual assault survivor in the duo’s video, seen above. “Go to ItsOnUs.org #ItsOnUs to help.”
“I’m a sexual assault survivor and I do know the consequences, the aftermath, the trauma: psychological, physical, mental,” admits the “Til It Happens To You” singer to the camera. “It can be terrifying waking up daily feeling unsafe in your own body.”
In April, Biden penned an article for Cosmopolitan where he shown on how the combat towards sexual assault has modified since he first published the Violence Against Women Act, writing: “Twenty years ago, I felt like a lone voice as a man talking out about violence in opposition to ladies. At present, 1000’s of individuals have signed the pledge to stop sexual assault, and young women and men are leading the way. We can’t give up this fight, not when we’ve come so far.”
In case you or anybody you recognize is a victim of sexual violence, go to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website or RAINN‘s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline online or by calling them at 1-800-656-4673.