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Joe Biden Introduces Lady Gaga at Oscars With a Message About Sexual Assault

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 11.52.49 PMAt the Oscars ceremony Sunday night Vice President Joe Biden introduced Lady Gaga, who was performing her song “‘Till It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. Biden took the opportunity to enjoin a global audience about the urgent need to change the culture surrounding sexual assault and directing viewers to ItsOnUs.org, a White House initiative to spread awareness about campus sexual assault.

Biden said:

Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many women and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse. And tonight I am asking you to join millions of Americans including me, President Obama, thousands of students I’ve met on college campuses and the artists here tonight, to take the pledge — a pledge that says ‘ will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture, so that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves: ‘What did I do?’ They did nothing wrong.

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