Lady Gaga Reveals She Was Raped as a Teenager
Mother monster Lady Gaga shocked the world two years ago when she revealed on The Howard Stern show that she was raped at the age of 19 to a music producer. The topic resurfaced again when she revealed on the Today Show on Sunday, December 4th that she has PTSD because of the incident.
Gaga unintentionally exposed to the world about her rape on the show while talking about a performance. Stern asked the singer about her performance of the song 'Swine" at SXSW that year. During the performance, Millie Brown Known as 'vomit painter' throw up neon green liquid all over lady Gaga. It was then that Gaga said the song was about rape, demoralization, rage, fury, and passion. Stern asked Gaga during the interview, "You keep alluding to...were you raped by a record producer?" "I don't...I don't want to..." Gaga replied. "Happy times! Let's talk about happy things!" It was later in the interview that she revealed that she was raped and said she did not want to be defined by her rape and that is why she hesitated to ever tell anyone.
One out of four women get raped in their lifetime. Rape is the most unreported and talked about crimes of our time. According to NSVRC.org, 63 percent of women do not report or talk about their rape after it happens. There are so many reasons why women don't report or talk about rape or sexual abuse and all of those reasons stem from fear. It was a very brave move for Gaga to reveal that she was raped. Many celebrities who do speak out get ridiculed in the media or are called lairs. Gaga is truly helping millions of women around the world by talking about her rape and PTSD. For those who are unsure what PTSD is, for starters is stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following an experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.
Gaga is apart of the Share Kindness campaign which she promoted on the Today Show. Gaga is doing her part to inform people about rape, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673 for help.