Biden and Gaga team up against sexual assault

What do you get when you put a pop star and the former vice president of the United States in one video? A powerfully moving appeal to support sexual assault survivors.

According to HuffPost, former Vice President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga teamed up to create a PSA for Biden’s “It’s On Us” campaign, a project he started in 2014 to stop sexual assaults on college campuses around America. In the video, HuffPost says the duo not only asks viewers to not be bystanders to abuse, they also urged survivors to seek support.

“I am a sexual assault survivor,” Gaga said in the video. “I know the effects, the aftermath, the trauma ― psychological, physical, mental. It can be terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body.”

But, Gaga followed her experience by saying that having a support system that is loving and safe can help survivors power through.

Biden spoke on the importance of intervention this way: “It’s on everyone to intervene, to stop abuse when they see it, and when they hear about it, to intervene.”

Agreed. Watch the PSA here.

 

Heard lets her voice be heard

Sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes to convey a very powerful message.

According to Glamour, Amber Heard — who divorced actor Johnny Depp in May and filed for a domestic violence restraining order shortly after — partnered with the #GirlGaze Project to do a short PSA on domestic abuse. In the two-minute video, Glamour says Heard is “revealing, raw, and honest as she opens up about her experience with domestic abuse.”

From explaining how victims usually cannot believe that they are being subjected to such treatment to detailing how complex abuse situations can be, Glamour says Heard said that the first step in removing yourself from the toxic situation is telling someone you feel safe with.

“It’s the only way that people are going to feel comfortable in coming forward, raising their voices, standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet,” she said in the video, according to Glamour. “Speak up. Speak up. Raise your voice. Your voice is the most powerful thing, and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder, cannot and will not any longer accept silence.”

The project was created by #GirlGaze, a multi-platform project that seeks to show “how girls see the work” by supporting female photographers.

To watch the full PSA, click here.

Middelton Speaks on Mental Health

While Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton may be known for her royal status and fashionable outfits, this week, she is making headlines for other reasons.

According to Peoplethe royal released a new PSA discussing mental health issues for children. In the three-and-a-half minute video, Middleton met with schoolchildren from the Salusbury Primary School in London, asking them if they feel they can talk comfortably with their friends at school.

A part of the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week in the United Kingdom, the video shows Middleton talking with kids about Place2Be, a charity that “provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools.”

Speaking on the importance of providing children with mental health resources, the princess said, “Every child deserves to grow up feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks.”

Adding that some children struggle with life’s challenges, Middleton said, While we cannot always change a child’s circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope, and to thrive … With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help.”

The PSA follows several school visits, says People, in which she gave a public address on the issue and joined husband Prince William in confronting the shame surrounding mental illness.

Catherine Roche, Place2Be’s chief executive, praised Middleton for her work to bring awareness to children’s mental illness.

“Children’s Mental Health Week which this year focuses on the benefits of building children’s resilience as a key life skill to help cope with life’s difficult situations, both in childhood and into adult years,” she said. “We are hugely grateful to the Duchess for helping to remove the stigma around children’s mental health and for shining a spotlight on the value of supporting children in school from an early age.”