Last night, President Obama made a special GRAMMYs appearance to address violence against women and girls. In a taped statement, he reminded everyone that it’s on us to break the cycle of abuse and a make a safer world for women. It was a precursor to a moving speech from a woman who survived an abusive relationship, which was followed by a special Katy Perry Performance.
The whole thing was a push for people to get involved with It’s On Us, the brain child of Generation Progress and The White House. He states several awful tidbits, including the fact that 1 in 4 women in America experience domestic violence in their lives.
After the President’s push to join the cause, survivor advocate Brooke Axtell told the audience how she escaped an abusive relationship. “Authentic love does not devalue another human being,” she said.
Axtell’s moving words were followed by Katy Perry performing, “By the Grace of God.” The autobiographical track is about the singer picking up the pieces after the dissolution of her marriage to Russsell Brand, but it lent itself beautifully to this cause.
If you’d like to get involved with It’s On Us and take a pledge against assault, visit their website. As for us: we’re behind anything that aims to end assault against women.