Joe Biden and Lady Gaga speak out against sexual assault

Joe Biden and Lady Gaga speak out against sexual assault

In the wake of all of the sexual assault, harassment, and rape allegations that have come up recently against Harvey Weinstein, the general public has been much more vocal about how widespread sexual assault is. The first hashtag that made the rounds was the one #MeToo. It showed everyone just how many women (and men) have been victims of some kind of sexual harassment or assault. In light of this discussion and awareness, Joe Biden and Lady Gaga have teamed up to speak out against it.

#ItsOnUs

Former Vice-President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga have teamed up to create the campaign It’s On Us. The campaign exists to remind everyone that it’s every single person’s responsibility to do something if they see or hear something about someone being sexually assaulted or harassed. The reason that sexual assault has been able to thrive is that there is such shame and secrecy associated with it. The campaign’s main focus is on school campuses where sexual assaults are incredibly common.

Lady Gaga survivor

Lady Gaga knows what she’s talking about with this campaign because she is a sexual assault survivor. She has said, “I am a sexual assault survivor and I know the effects, the aftermath, the trauma, psychological, physical, mental. It can be terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body.” The point of this campaign is to help make sure that no one else ever has to feel that way, by talking about and making people accountable for their actions. No more cones of silence on this issue.

Vice President Joe Biden

This isn’t the first time that Joe Biden has talked about sexual assault. In April he penned an article for Cosmopolitan. In that article, he reflected on what a difference 20 years can make (that’s when he wrote the Violence Against Women Act) and how much there is still to do. He has said about the It’s On Us campaign that “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.”

It can be easy to feel powerless against so much awfulness. But, you’re not powerless. Take the It’s On Us pledge, and speak up when you see or hear something about someone being sexually assaulted. It’s the only way to help stop this cycle that society is in.


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