March 4, 2016


Lady Gaga, Other Survivors of Sexual Assault Get Tattoos in Solidarity

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At the Oscars on Sunday, Lady Gaga performed a heartfelt rendition of "Til It Happens to You," as victims of sexual assault joined the singer onstage. The song, which centers on grim themes of rape and sexual violence, was nominated for Best Original Song for its role in the college-rape documentary The Hunting Ground.

The performance created a bond between Gaga and the other victims of sexual assault onstage that night, as the group recently got matching tattoos to symbolize their shared emotional scars.

Gaga has retweeted several photos of the tattoo and shared a glimpse of hers own on Snapchat: 

Lady Gaga has long been a proponent of women's advocacy, and has recently been extending messages of support to Kesha in the wake of her legal battle with former producer and alleged abuser, Dr. Luke. Gaga's 2016 Oscars performance was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden as part of a White House initiative to curb incidents of rape on college campuses.

Gaga was also tattooed before the GRAMMYs in February, getting a portrait of the late David Bowie permanently etched onto her rib cage.