On Thursday, pop icon Lady Gaga revealed a new tattoo that had a meaningful tie to her "Til It Happens To You" performance at the Oscars this past weekend.
In an emotional performance Sunday, the 29-year-old Grammy award-winning singer invited sexual assault survivors on stage as she sang the tune written for The Hunting Ground, a documentary that addresses rape culture at college campuses across America.
Since the performance, Gaga and other survivors got matching tattoos — tiny symbols of "unity" that represent "an image of solidarity for survivors of sexual assault."
The tattoo itself was designed by Jacqueline Lin, a survivor that appeared on stage with Gaga.
"It is a unity symbol inspired by the loops of our DNA structure and our universal infinity sign. I combined inspiration from Lady Gaga's favorite flower, the white rose, to breathe life into an organic and growing symbol. The final image embraces a fiery shape to give us power and strength everywhere we go."
Gaga, who before Sunday's performance had not revealed to family that she was a survivor of sexual assault, shared on Snapchat that she had "made a pact" with the 50 men and women that walked out on stage.
During rehearsal, she spent much of her time listening to their stories, and sharing some of her own.
A producer on The Hunting Ground told People Magazine, "She spent a great deal of time with the survivors throughout the rehearsal process, and they formed a unique and meaningful bond. Many of them told me that speaking with her and hearing her share her story and what she'd learned was healing and life-changing."
The first day of rehearsal was particularly emotional for Gaga. When she got teary-eyed and had trouble finishing the her rum-through, the survivors (who are now friends) stepped in.
"They all hugged me and told me that it was okay because it was more real this way, that they understood that they were in pain too," she wrote on Instagram. "They told me they were there for me to support me because they believed this message needed to be heard."