Lady Gaga's live performance of "Til It Happens to You," from the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, was emotional to watch.
Gaga stirred the audience by sharing the stage with women and men who put faces to sexual assault with words like "Survivor" and "It Happened to Me" written on their arms. After the performance, soon-to-be Oscar winner Brie Larson didn't hesitate to take action. Larson stood from her front-row seat and hugged each of the survivors as they exited the stage.
The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Gardner captured the touching moment in the video below, which has already been retweeted more than 4,000 times.
Larson's moving response to the performance may have come from her Oscar-winning portrayal of Ma, a woman held in sexual captivity for seven years, forced to endure repeated rape while she raises her son (Jacob Tremblay). Room was also nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Donoghue, respectively. This is the first Oscar for Larson.
As THR reports, Vice President Joe Biden introduced Lady Gaga's performance and used the opportunity to emphasize the ongoing severity of sexual assault in the United States. He asked the audience to "change the culture" that accepts sexual violence.
"Too many women and men… are still victims of sexual abuse," he said. He and Lady Gaga both received standing ovations for their stances against abuse.
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