Thank You, Lady Gaga

On Thursday, Lady Gaga was nominated for an Oscar for her original song “Til It Happens To You” from CNN’s “The Hunting Ground” documentary on finding justice for college rape survivors.

In a statement, Gaga dedicated her nomination to sexual assault survivors. “This nomination lends a voice to so many victims and their families around the world,” she wrote. “Thank you to The Academy for recognizing the movement of people who have come together around ’The Hunting Ground’ and ’Til It Happens To You’ in the name of sexual assault. Diane Warren and I are simply honored to represent the voices of so many survivors.”

Lady Gaga’s song has been so meaningful to me, especially in writing Free of Malice and thinking through some difficult memories. I just wanted to take a moment to thank Gaga for her bravery in sharing her own story and for helping to shine a light on this difficult topic. Her courage continues to inspire me, and so many others who have experienced trauma from sexual assault and/or abuse.

Thank you.

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