Lady Gaga’s Oscars performance featuring survivor of campus rape had the whole theater in tears. The emotionally charged song, featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, helped bring to light the stories of those who are often silenced.
In an Instagram post, Gaga revealed that as a survivor herself, she stayed silent to the people she loved.
The singer said in her post that the day after her performance she received a phone call from her grandmother and aunt, who were both unaware of her story.
My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor. I was too ashamed. Too afraid. And it took me a long time to even admit it to myself because I’m Catholic and I knew it was evil but I thought it was my fault. I thought it was my fault for ten years. 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. #BeBrave #speakup #tilithappenstoyou
Looks like Gaga’s role models drove home this lesson: Speaking up is hard, and support is crucial.