A survivor of sexual assault from Portland was among a group of other sexual assault survivors who joined Lady Gaga onstage at the Academy Awards Sunday night, according to WCSH-6.

Robbie Woodsum joined Lady Gaga after she performed her song, “Til It Happens to You” onstage. After the performance, Lady Gaga and her guests received a standing ovation from the audience.

“My dog had died unexpectedly and then I got the invitation to join my fellow survivors onstage with Lady Gaga,” Woodsum told WCSH. “Life is a cycle of ups and downs, and this is one of those. It’s like the universe knew I needed excitement and distraction, plus I would never give up an opportunity like this. Meeting my fellow survivors was the best part. We formed quick bonds, life lasting friendships. Without their support I don’t know how I would have managed through this past weekend.”

Woodsum was featured in the documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” a CNN Films documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses. The song, nominated for Best Original Song, was co-written by Gaga and Diane Warren.


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