Lady Gaga’s newest music video “Til It Happens To You” is a PSA against college domestic violence…against women, perpetrated by men. The emotional video, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), was shot entirely in black and white and features four different women sexually assaulted by three men, all on a college campus. In 2014, Gaga, 29, revealed during an interview with Howard Stern that she was raped by a music producer when she was 19.“I went through some horrific things,” Gaga said. “I’m able to laugh now because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years.”
We know that both men and women can be viticms of sexual assault, look below at the statistics on sexual assault.
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).1
17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.1
Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:1
- All women: 17.6%
- White women: 17.7%
- Black women: 18.8%
- Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%
- American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%
- Mixed race women: 24.4%
About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.1
- From 1995-2010, 9% of rape and sexual assault victims were male.10
- 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.1
15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.3
- 29% are age 12-17.
- 44% are under age 18.3
- 80% are under age 30.3
- 12-34 are the highest risk years.
- Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.4
Data was retrieved from : https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims
I came up with this shoe design (Above) as I began to think about the stereotypes of RAPE and how I could convey this message in an artistic form. It took me a while to conceptualize the exact pictorials for these shoes but after thinking about my past and researching other victims’ stories, things started to flow accordingly. I used the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Symbol, which is an aqua blue ribbon. I wanted to show that abuse is not welcomed by drawing an opened hand with the words STOP on it in red (the red grabs the attention of the viewers). I wanted the hand to be silver and made out of mirrors, so whoever looks into it can see their broken reflection. The broken mirrors is to help the viewer somewhat understand how the victim must have felt or feels about the abuse and how it needs to STOP. I drew a Dove to symbolize Peace and Joy, which is what victims can have once we overcome our pain and realize It Was Never Our Fought! I wrote the phrases: No Means No and the word Strength in red to show that most rape victims don’t ask to be taken advantage of by violators. This is my story and I thought it was important to share it with those who may be experiencing the same thing…. just know you are not alone!
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