Vice President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga will be hosting a rally and concert at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on April 7 to highlight the need to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, according to the White House. “Lady Gaga is brave and sincere,” Biden says in an interview with Billboard. “She’s a survivor who has the courage to speak out, and I know how difficult that can be. We’ve talked at length and I admire her courage — everyone can see it because it’s on display. She encourages so many other women to step forward.”
Gaga, who revealed in a 2014 live radio interview with Howard Stern that at age 19 she was raped by a record producer, has spent years promoting awareness of sexual assault. Her song “Til It Happens To You” (co-written with Diane Warren), from the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Biden also appeared onstage at the award ceremony last month to speak on the subject and introduce Gaga’s memorable performance, which incorporated a number of other survivors:
Biden is also hosting events at universities in Pennsylvania and Colorado during a weeklong push to bring attention to the subject.