Lady Gaga's New Music Video Is An Intense PSA About Campus Sexual Assault

"The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally unsettling but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses."

That notice at the beginning of Lady Gaga's new video, "Til It Happens To You," tells viewers right off the bat that this isn't some ordinary pop anthem. In fact, it's not really a music video at all, but rather a PSA tackling the very important issue of campus sexual assault, in support of the documentary The Hunting Ground.

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke wrote and directed the emotional black and white video, tapping her former stepdaughter and frequent collaborator Nikki Reed to play one of three victims of sexual assault on campus. As we watch the young women be brutally attacked by both bullies and their own male friends, Lady Gaga sings the mournful ballad written by Oscar-winning songwriter Diane Warren specifically for the project.

As the warning notes, many scenes are hard to watch. The video ends with a reminder that one out of five female college students will be sexually assaulted this year, urging fans to lend their support to the cause. A percent of proceeds from the song's sales will also benefit victims of sexual assault.

Watch the video below, but remember — it can be very upsetting.
Video: Courtesy The Hunting Ground/Vevo.

OPENER IMAGE: Matthew Baron/BeImages.

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