There are many new songs this week but there is only one single release of the week that is most important- Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You”.
This week’s new music releases included “Alive” by Sia, “Too Original” by Major Lazer featuring Elliphant and Jovi Rockwell and of course, “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” by Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin. While Beyoncé’s return to take over radio stations with Naughty Boy’s single “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” has made headlines, there is another tune that should have everyone’s attention.
Lady Gaga’s “Til it Happens To You” single and music video focuses on a very important topic we should all be aware of- college campus rape. The black and white music video shows several women being assaulted on campus locations such as frat parties or even their own dorm room. After the attack, the women are seen depressed and hurting as they show phrases such as “Believe me” and “Sometimes I hate myself”.
The ladies are finally confronted and comforted by friends and the video ends with the devastating statistic that “one in five women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes”.
This song and video is so important because some may find discussing sexual assaults as a touchy topic. People prefer to avoid the negative and like to pretend as if it does not happen rather than confront the issue. Many are also quick to question if a sexual assault really occurred or judge and blame the victim for the assault, causing fear for people to speak up.
While Gaga tackles the issue on campus rape, the song is not solely for victims of such heinous crime. “Til It Happens to You “ is for anyone who has suffered deeply and reiterates how no one can fully understand or know what someone is going through until it happens to them.
We can never truly understand the pain and struggle a person is dealing with. Unless you have actually gone through a similar situation, you should not judge or belittle the person’s pain. Lady Gaga is using her voice to raise awareness and help. If you see a loved one struggling, in pain from an awful experience, be there for them. We can make a difference.