Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, she took a break from talking about A Star Is Born to deliver a powerful speech about what trauma does to the memory, as well as the immense strength it took for Ford to share her experience “to protect this country.”
“What I have seen on the news, with this debate of Kavanaugh versus Dr. Ford, it’s one of the most upsetting things I have ever witnessed,” she began. “It’s heartbreaking, but I will tell you something, because I am a sexual assault survivor, and the truth is—you know. Trump the other day was speaking at a rally and says, ‘She has no memory of how she got to the party, should we trust that she remembers the assault?’ And the answer is yes.”
Gaga was referencing Ford’s testimony during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where she detailed her alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh. In the heartbreaking testimony, Ford said she is 100 percent sure her attacker was Kavanaugh. The conservative judge firmly denies the accusations and his supporters, most notably the President himself, has mocked her account.
“I’ll tell you exactly why—and I also know that this woman is smart, because she’s a psychologist, she’s no dummy—if someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there is a science, and scientific proof, it’s biology, that people change, the brain changes, and, literally, what it does is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box, and it files it away and shuts it, so that we can survive the pain,” she continued. “It also does a lot of other things. It can cause body pain, baseline elevations in anxiety. It can cause complete avoidance of wanting to even remember or think about what happened to you.”
“But what I believe that I have seen, is that, when this woman saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country,” the singer said, “she was triggered, and that box opened, and when that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world, to protect this country.”
Watch the clip, above.