Lady Gaga and Vice President Joe Biden are reuniting for the It's On Us campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses.
Viewers watching the Oscars last month might not have understood the connection between Joe Biden introducing Lady Gaga ahead of her performance of the nominated song “Til It Happens To You,” but it's clear both have an agenda of ending sexual violence. Billboard reports Biden launched the It’s On Us initiative in 2014 with President Obama "to bring awareness and collective responsibility to the epidemic of campus assaults." NotAlone.gov reports 1 in 5 women and 1 and 16 men are sexually assaulted in college.
Biden and Gaga will unite their efforts once again next Thursday (April 7) when the two appear together at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to speak with students about the dangers of sexual assault, hear from survivors and have students sign a pledge of solidarity and activation. Currently more than 250,000 students from 530 campuses have participated.
"Lady Gaga is brave and sincere," Biden tells Billboard in a solo interview. "She’s a survivor who has the courage to speak out, and I know how difficult that can be. We’ve talked at length and I admire her courage -- everyone can see it because it’s on display. She encourages so many other women to step forward."
Read his entire interview here.