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Listen To Lady Gaga's Gut-Wrenching Song About Rape

The song, titled "Till It Happens to You," will be featured in an upcoming PSA.

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Earlier this year, Lady Gaga recorded a song about sexual assault for the documentary The Hunting Ground.

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The film, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, is a harrowing look at the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.

Co-written with Diane Warren, the song, titled "Till It Happens to You," was featured in the film's end credits.

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Partially inspired by Gaga's own experiences with rape and sexual assault, the song was never given an official release and mostly went unheard.


Last year, during an interview with Howard Stern, the pop star revealed she was raped at 19 by a man 20 years her senior. “It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later," she said of the fallout. "It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going.’ Because I just had to get out of there… I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened.”

Earlier this week, however, a full-length version of the track made its way online, and it's every bit as gut-wrenching as the title suggests.


Told from the point of view of a rape victim, the song tells listeners not to diminish the pain and grief of people affected by sexual assault. It's a powerful message that will be turned into a PSA later this fall.

Listen to "Till It Happens to You" in full now.

Get some tissues — you're going to need them.