Lady Gaga and former Vice President Joe Biden have announced that they are taking their working relationship to the next level and uniting on a new initiative for victims of sexual assault. Biden spoke at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit on Monday (Nov. 13) about the pair’s newest collaboration to open trauma centers for survivors of sexual assault to receive long-term assistance.
At the Glamour summit, Biden said, “We finally are recognizing the long-term impacts on the health of women and men who’ve been abused. It’s the next great frontier I want to be part of.”
The duo recently teamed up on the “It's On Us” campaign in October. This was an Obama administration initiative to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses.
A representative for Biden issued a statement saying, “The Vice President and Lady Gaga share an interest in addressing the long-term physical and emotional effects of trauma and they have been discussing what to do about it."
This topic is one especially close to the “Paparazzi” singer’s heart, as Gaga has spoken publicly about her own experiences with sexual trauma and depression. During the “It’s On Us” campaign, the two posted a video discussing the impact of assault on victims and Gaga briefly touched on her own experiences.
“It can be terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body,” said Gaga.
This odd-couple's relationship originated last year when Biden introduced Gaga at the 88th Academy Awards for her performance of "Til It Happens To You,” which won the award for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. The song was co-written by Gaga and Diane Warren for the soundtrack of The Hunting Ground, a documentary produced by Amy Ziering about the occurrence of sexual assault on US college campuses.