Though the conversations surrounding the allegations are difficult, the discussion has inspired countless others to share their own horrific encounters. Some have participated in the #MeToo movement, some have decided to disclose their experiences with close friends or family members, and some have made the perfectly acceptable choice not to say anything. After all, survivors don't owe anyone their stories.
"We want to make it real clear that it's on us, it's on everyone, to intervene and stop abuse when they see it and when they hear about it," Biden said.
Gaga, who has been vocal about her own experience with sexual assault, added that she knows "the effects, the aftermath, the trauma: psychological, physical, mental."
"It can be terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body," she said. "We're here to remind you that it's important to reach out to someone in your life that you can trust and to know that they will be there to help you. There will be someone to listen, 'cause you know what? It's on us."
We have a long way to go, but together, we can make our communities safer for everyone.
If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).