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Lady Gaga’s emotional Oscars performance inspires viewers to speak out

Lady Gaga‘s Oscars performance wasn’t just emotionally moving, it was also powerfully inspiring for sexual assault victims.

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Gaga performed her Oscar-nominated song “Til’ It Happens to You” during the award show and had victims join her onstage with meaningful words like “survivor” scrawled on their arms.

Gaga herself is a survivor of sexual assault.

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I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years,” Gaga explained during a TimesTalk session in New York City. “I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it [wasn’t] my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”

She first spoke about her rape during a 2014 interview with Howard Stern.

Gaga also dedicated the performance tonight to fellow performer Kesha, who is battling with Sony to get out of her contract with producer Dr. Luke who Kesha claims drugged and sexually assaulted her.

As if all of that weren’t enough, Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the performance by introducing Gaga and encourage viewers everywhere to take a pledge to stop sexual assault. You can sign up to take the pledge at

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And though Gaga didn’t end up winning the Oscar — the award for Best Original Song went to Sam Smith — it’s safe to say it was a performance to remember.

Watch Gaga’s big Oscar moment below in case you missed it.

Do you think “Til It Happens to You” should have won the Oscar?

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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