Lady Gaga Writes Essay on Sexual Assault With NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
By Jackie Willis
Lady Gaga and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo teamed up to pen an op-ed in support of a bill that they believe could help decrease sexual assault incidences on college campuses.
The essay appeared on Billboard's website Monday, and Mother Monster didn't hold back sharing her thoughts on the matter.
"The likelihood that college students are not getting the assistance and support they deserve is heartbreaking, and the knowledge that sexual predators are left free to attack again is criminal," the pop star and politician write. "This bill will tackle this crisis head-on, because the status quo needs to change."
The bill Gaga is referring to is the one Cuomo introduced back in February to "ensure that all college students in [New York], more than 1 million in total, are protected with comprehensive and uniform procedures and guidelines." These guidelines include proper training for staff and students, an amnesty program for those reporting sexual assault that were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when the incident took place and a concise definition of consent.
"By passing legislation such as the bill currently before the New York State legislature, we can turn the tide on this issue so that students can realize their dreams on campuses that are safe spaces," the essay reads. "That's why we are joining together to take a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. Quite simply, enough is enough."
"I went through some horrific things that 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," the 29-year-old singer revealed.
She continued, "To be fair, I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, 'Oh, is this just the way adults are?'"
On a brighter note, Gaga is getting married to Taylor Kinney and shared their sweet engagement story: