Did you see Lady Gaga’s haunting video ‘Til It Happens To You’ to help promote the documentary ‘The Hunting Ground,’ which talks about sexual assaults on college campuses? It turns out she had a very personal reason for wanting to make that video and promote the documentary: she herself was raped when she was a teenager.
Lady Gaga opened up about her experience.
I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years. I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”
She said it “changed her body.”
When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you. For many people it has almost like trauma. When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress, so a lot of people suffer from not only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped, or traumatized in some type of way.”
Lady Gaga also admitted that she blamed herself for being raped.
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. That it was my fault.”
Now, however, she’s learned to attribute the blame where it belongs- onto her attackers. She also feels more comfortable speaking openly about it.
I’m here because when I look out onto the sea of beautiful young faces that I get to sing and dance for, I see a lot of people who have secrets that are killing them. We don’t want you to keep your pain inside and let it rot like an old apple on your counter, you know? It’s like, just get rid of all that trash. Let’s get rid of it together.”
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