‘The Hunting Ground’, a 2015 documentary about about rape on college campuses included two Lady Gaga songs on its soundtrack: ‘Swine’ and ‘Til It Happens To You’. The latter was released as a digital download today (September 18) and comes with a hard-hitting video depicting three scenarios of sexual assault in a college/university environment. In 2014 Gaga – real name Stefani Germanotta – revealed that she was raped at nineteen, so the topic hits close to home. The song’s main message is: “You won’t know how it feels / Til it happens to you” and the video promotes solidarity and companionship.
One key thing about the video is that there is no ‘stranger in a dark alley’ trope which is useful because 2/3 victims know their rapist.
“Til It Happens To You” was co-written with Diane Warren and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight director) directed the video. In addition, some of the proceeds will be donated to organisations that help survivors of rape and sexual assault. You can watch the video below.