Lady Gaga pens essay urging sexual assault law change
Lady Gaga has penned an essay to support a bill calling for better laws against sexual assault in New York.
The 'Pokerface' hitmaker - who previously revealed she was raped as a teenager - has teamed up with the state's Governor Andrew Cuomo to back the 'Enough is Enough' campaign.
In their joint letter for Billboard magazine, the activists wrote: "Today, too many college students experience sexual assault, too few of the assailants are prosecuted, and too often the survivors lack the resources they need to recover ...
"As a result, these victims are not only deprived justice, they are denied the opportunity to tell their stories publicly. Being able to speak about such difficult experiences openly is fundamental to easing a survivor's recovery and to removing the shame that still shrouds sexual assault."
The 29-year-old singer and Governor Cuomo urged other politicians to "stand up" against sexual violence.
They continued: "We have a responsibility to the young men and women of this country to stand up against sexual violence everywhere. Everyone - from lawmakers and educators to advocates like Born This Way Foundation and the students themselves - need to join forces on this issue.
"Together, we must create the scaffolding necessary to foster the mental, emotional, and physical health of all young people ... Quite simply, enough is enough."