Lady Gaga and Joe Biden Reveal Plan to Build Trauma Relief Centers

Lady Gaga and Joe Biden Reveal Plan to Build Trauma Relief Centers

The former Vice President explained his plan with Gaga to give relief to sexual assault victims.

The former Vice President explained his plan with Gaga to give relief to sexual assault victims.

Text: Jake Viswanath

At Glamour’s Women of the Year summit this week, former Vice President Joe Biden revealed plans to team up with Lady Gaga and build trauma centers to help victims of sexual assault receive long-term relief. Biden and Gaga have worked together to raise awareness for sexual assault since last year, when the former VP introduced the artist's performance of Oscar-nominated song "Till It Happens to You," inspired by Gaga's own experiences with sexual assault, at the award show, which featured assault victims on stage in a powerful moment. They most recently collaborated for the It’s On Us campaign, which focused on increasing education on sexual assault on college campuses and raising awareness for the prominence of these damaging incidents.

“The Vice President and Lady Gaga share an interest in addressing the long-term physical and emotional effects of trauma and they have been discussing what to do about it,” a spokesperson for Biden told Entertainment Weekly. “Their discussions on how to move forward are in the early stages.” The initiative comes at a time where the awareness for sexual assault victims is at a major highpoint, amid the rising amount of women and men speaking out against major Hollywood figures like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Ed Westwick, accusing them of different forms of sexual harassment and being open about their traumatic experiences.

“Women who are abused end up having long-term physical and physiological problems,” Biden explained during the summit. "I’m working with Lady Gaga now… we [want to] set up trauma centers where women can go to get the long-term help they need to deal with these crises… We finally are recognizing the long-term impacts on the health of women and men who’ve been abused. It’s the next great frontier I want to be part of.”

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