Only days after her appearance at the Oscars, part-time vampire, part-time monster, and full-time artiste Lady Gaga uploaded a photo to Instagram in which she revealed an anecdote that blueprints how every friend and family member of a survivor of sexual assault should support their loved one.

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In the post, Gaga described the reactions of two family members—her aunt and her grandmother—the morning after her performance of her Oscar-nominated anthem “Til it Happens to You,” a song about sexual assault featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, at the 88th Academy Awards.

Gaga herself is a survivor, which she made public in an interview in 2014. As she noted in the gram, her own self-perpetuated feelings of shame and guilt, which as reported by the U.S. Department of Veterans are typical of post-traumatic stress disorder in survivors, prevented her from telling various relatives.

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During her powerful rendition, dozens of survivors stepped out behind a parted curtain and slowly walked forward onstage, each of them with messages of hope and strength written on their arms.

“The morning after the Oscars when I talked to my grandmother Ronnie, with tears in her eyes I could hear them welling through the phone she said to me ‘My darling granddaughter, I’ve never been more proud of you than I am today.’ Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything—became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of. And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most.”

Many have called Gaga’s performance, which was received with a standing ovation, the most important part of the awards ceremony.


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