The Hunting Ground looks at the problem of sexual assault on college campuses and why the perpetrators often go unpunished. The documentary will receive the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award, an honor for films or individuals that raise awareness of pressing social issues.
Gaga wrote “Til it Happens to You” with Diane Warren, who has eight Academy Award nominations under her belt for songs, including 1998’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and 2001’s “There You’ll Be.” In a recent Twitter post, she called her collaboration with Gaga “special” and explained the song’s origins.
“[‘Til it Happens to You’] was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love,” Warren wrote, “so they know they’re not alone.”
Gaga previously alluded to her own experience with abuse in 2014 when Howard Stern asked if she had been sexually abused. Although she didn’t give him a straightforward answer, she went on to express that she doesn’t want past trauma to define her.
“I’ll be damned if somebody’s going to say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d-ckhead that did that to me,” she told Stern. “I’m going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful and all the things that I’ve made out of my strife. I did that.”
Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd praised Gaga’s advocacy in a statement, where they called the recent Golden Globe winner “well beyond her status as one of the most exciting performers working today.”
“We admire and appreciate Lady Gaga’s commitment as an outspoken advocate for those whose voices often go unheard,” they said. “In her activism, she truly embodies the spirit of Stanley Kramer, and we are doubly honored to have her join us in honoring The Hunting Ground in his name.”
Watch the video for “Til it Happens to You” above.