Lady Gaga’s Own Grandmother Didn’t Know She Had Been Raped Until Her Oscars Performance

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Lady Gaga may have shared back in December 2014 the tragic news that she was raped as a teenager on The Howard Stern Show, but her own relatives didn’t know about it until this weekend. It wasn’t until after Gaga’s stunning performance of “Till It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, that Gaga’s grandmother and aunt learned about what she had been through.

In an Instagram post, Gaga wrote, “My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor. I was too ashamed. Too afraid. And it took me a long time to even admit it to myself because I’m Catholic and I knew it was evil but I thought it was my fault. I thought it was my fault for ten years. The morning after the Oscars when I talked to my grandmother Ronnie, with tears in her eyes I could hear them welling through the phone she said to me “My darling granddaughter, I’ve never been more proud of you than I am today.” Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything– became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of. And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most.”

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My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor. I was too ashamed. Too afraid. And it took me a long time to even admit it to myself because I'm Catholic and I knew it was evil but I thought it was my fault. I thought it was my fault for ten years. The morning after the Oscars when I talked to my grandmother Ronnie, with tears in her eyes I could hear them welling through the phone she said to me "My darling granddaughter, I've never been more proud of you than I am today." Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything– became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of. And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most. #BeBrave #speakup #tilithappenstoyou

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In her powerful Oscars performance, Lady Gaga brought fellow sexual assault victims on stage. She has also been a huge supporter of Kesha in recent weeks as she deals with legal battles with Dr. Luke, her producer who she alleges raped her.

With pioneers with Lady Gaga speaking out, we can hope that the number of sexual assault victims takes a downward turn.

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