Lady Gaga Writes “Enough Is Enough” Sexual Assault Op-Ed With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Lady Gaga wrote an op-ed about college sexual assaults, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, to urge the passing of the so-called “Enough Is Enough” bill.
Earlier this year, Cuomo introduced the legislation, which would require the every college and university in the stage (public or private) to have comprehensive policies to deal with on-campus assaults. The bill has three main components: a statewide definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and a sexual violence victim and survivor bill of rights. With the current legislative session set to end June 17, Gaga and Cuomo’s Billboard column encourages swift action.
Together they say, “We all have a responsibility to make sure that the strongest possible laws are in place to safeguard our students. Thankfully, New York has an opportunity to stand up for its students and take the critical steps toward facing this crisis head on. The bill currently before the New York State legislature will address the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, giving the state the nation’s strongest laws to target campus sexual assault. This is a campaign that will protect students, and it’s exactly what we need.”
Gaga, who has spoken in the past about her own rape, and Cuomo note that “too many college students experience sexual assault, too few of the assailants are prosecuted, and too often the survivors lack the resources they need to recover,” and call such a climate “unacceptable.” “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,” they write. “This bill will tackle this crisis head-on, because the status quo needs to change.”
The pop star and the politician, who won reelection last November, stress, “Sexual assaults are not just violations of local campus rules – they are crimes that must be treated as such.” They go on:
“We have a responsibility to the young men and women of this country to stand up against sexual violence everywhere. Everyone – from lawmakers and educators to advocates like Born This Way Foundation and the students themselves – need to join forces on this issue. Together, we must create the scaffolding necessary to foster the mental, emotional, and physical health of all young people.
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. That’s why we are joining together to take a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. Quite simply, enough is enough.”
As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Gaga revealed on “The Howard Stern Show” last December that she was raped when she was 19. The traumatic experience inspired her song “Swine.” Gaga now has a new track, called “Till It Happens To You,” that will be featured in the new college sexual assault documentary, The Hunting Ground. What do you think of Gaga teaming up with Governor Cuomo to support the bill?