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Lady Gaga writes article for New York sexual assault campaign

Superstar Lady Gaga has teamed up with New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who introduced a sexual assault policy in all the state's public college campuses last year, and together they are battling to extend the pioneering policy to include all New York universities.

Gaga and Cuomo wrote an open letter to lawmakers urging them to pass the proposed legislation and Billboard published the article in full. An except from it reads: "Thankfully, New York has an opportunity to stand up for its students and take the critical steps toward facing this crisis head on."

"The bill currently before the New York State legislature will address the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, giving the state the nation's strongest laws to target campus sexual assault. This is a campaign that will protect students, and it's exactly what we need..."

"By passing legislation such as the bill currently before the New York State legislature, we can turn the tide on this issue so that students can realize their dreams on campuses that are safe spaces. That's why we are joining together to take a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. Quite simply, enough is enough."

Back in 2014, Gaga told DJ Howard Stern that she was raped as a teenager and struggled to deal with the 'traumatising' ordeal: "It happens every day, and it's really scary, and it's sad. It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatised by it that I was like, 'Just keep going.' Because I just had to get out of there."

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