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Lady Gaga on the Trauma of Being Raped: "It Changed My Body, It Changed My Thoughts"

How'd she cope?

Malcolm Venable

Lady Gaga didn't tell anyone about being raped as a teenager for about seven years, she says, and the experience traumatized her in ways she's still working through. In a TimesTalks panel discussion recapped by People, the singer andAmerican Horror Storyactress says, "I didn't know how to think about it. "I didn't know how to accept it. I didn't know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It's something that really changed my life. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts."

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She further explained, "It can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress. So a lot of people suffer not just emotional and mental pain, but physical pain as a result of being abused, raped or traumatized in some way."

Gaga is receiving praise for her song "Til It Happens to You" for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape. Raped at 19, she says she's working to make sure the experience doesn't define her.

"I'm gonna take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful and all the things I've made out of my strife. I did that."

Given all she's accomplished in a short time -- including her recent Golden Golden nomination -- we'd say she's done that and then some, don't you? Hats off, Mother Monster.

Watch Gaga's full remarks from the TimesTalks panel discussion, below.