The title of this blog is The Statistic: one in five female college students will be sexually assaulted this year. It’s a US number, but presumably it is similar in Canada.
Last night, a large group of people marched in the annual Take Back the Night event, to raise awareness of sexual assault. The accompanying video, newly released, illustrates this fact. Lady Gaga has always been provocative – and this video is no different. It is not meant to shock. b\But rather it is designed to give us pause, to stop, to ponder, to realize just what is going on out there and why it has to stop – now.
It Could Happen to You aptly reveals the pain, the shame, the mixed emotions, the panic that sexual assault delivers. It’s an excellent piece. I debated whether to put it up as some scenes are disturbing, but it isn’t gratuitous and in fact the imagery is needed. It allows the viewer the chance to look inside and see. To feel the pain.
This is absolutely shameful. But we need to see it. And then we need to do something. I don’t know what. We can march for a month of Sundays, but how do you fix a lack of respect amongst society today that takes on epidemic proportions? How can we stop people from thinking only about themselves, and not about others? How do we go about consistently embracing the feelings of others, and not those of our own? It’s not all about me, you see. It’s about you, and your feelings, your heart and your soul. Not mine.
Anyone guilty of sexual assault, who thinks it’s acceptable, needs to take a good, hard look in the mirror. And again. And again – until you stop being the cruel, misguided, unfeeling jerk that you are, having your so-called ‘fun’ while sabotaging the heart, the soul, the feelings, the emotions, the future, even the life of someone else. Someone innocent, who would never think of doing this to you.
How dare you.
I have a daughter in college. So far she has escaped assault. And yet I remain afraid for her.
Bravo, Lady Gaga. I hope this goes viral.
Everyone needs to see this.