My daughter is graduating college this spring. She attended college in the Boston area where there is Harvard, MIT Colleges of Music and art and engineering and the sciences. There are college age kids everywhere. She told me repeatedly throughout her 4 years there that she was afraid to meet someone new. That there was nowhere to go to meet and talk to someone who wasn’t high or drunk or the music was too loud. She has friends who were assaulted and she was happy to leave the frat party before she became a victim too. At first I didn’t believe her but now it is a national problem propagated by the movies and social media where you get likes if you have a photo or video of people behaving out of control. Is it funny? No
The song was written for a documentary on the subject called The Hunting Ground. At least the Oscar audience gave it a standing ovation. On Twitter we saw the best actress winner Bree Larson hugging each young woman as they walked off the stage. They were all introduced on the stage by Vice-President Joe Biden who issued a call to action. He asked all to take a pledge that said, “I will intervene in situations where consent has not or can’t be given.” Following the Vice-President’s speech the It’s On Us Campaign hit 300,000 pledges. Two rape victims started an end rape campaing on campuseses.Now Lady Gaga sings a song written by a popular songwriter, the Vice President makes an appearance at the Oscars to shed more light on the problem, I have written blogs on it all before but the issue remains the same. Even my most popular posts involve the subject that the most dangerous humans on earth are young males between the ages of 18 and 25 and they are raping the girls on college campuses all over America as if it is just the thing to do. Years ago you met your soul mate at college and you got married and started your adult lives together. Now you hope he doesn’t go to jail and that she isn’t scared physically and emotionally for life.
The girls have had enough .They have taken their problem from the frat houses to the administration to the court houses and now to the Oscars. The song is a lament where Lady Gaga sings “you tell me it gets better?” with all the rage of a angry woman who she was also the victim of sexual abuse. The song is called Till It Happens to You. She sang it on stage surrounded by 50 young women sexual assault survivors who finally had the courage to come forward with their nightmarish accounts of abuse. They had tattoos on their forearms that said “it is not your fault.” Being an attractive young woman should never be a liability in life. The police and school administrators simply said cover up in the future. Our American girls should not have to wear a burka to be safe. No one is still telling young men to have morals and be gentlemen.
The Universities still are protecting their brand and sweeping the carnage under their rugs. Girls face more embarrassing questions than support even after they have the courage to expose their assault. Quite often they are drunk and don’t even know who raped them. According to the Bureau of Justice statistics only 20% report their assaults to the authorities. Now the girls have filed a Title 9 complaint against the Bureau of Education. They learned about the law in their classes. They were able to apply the law to them by indicating that the universities handling of sexual assault allegations violated their civil rights to education. Maybe with lawsuits against the Universities they will be more concerned with the girl’s safety and not just on their tuition and reputation. The strong activisms of the girls have changed Federal Law. One girl has already won a million dollars against the University of Florida for failure to protect the girls.The money will be used to protect other girls.