4 important things Taylor Swift said about sexual assault and harassment

The singer reveals that her assailant David Mueller hasn't even paid her the symbolic $1 she won in the lawsuit

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 7 Dec 2017

Taylor on assault
Photo: Kevin Mazur

Pop star Taylor Swift is no stranger to sexual assault. In 2013, she was groped by Colorado radio DJ David Mueller. He had reached under her skirt and grabbed her butt while they posed for a photo after an interview. She reported the incident to the station where he worked, and he was then fired.

Two years later, David sued Taylor for defamation and she countersued for just $1. She won the case in August this year. In a new interview with TIME magazine, Taylor revealed that he has not even paid her that dollar.

"When the jury found in my favour, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1," she said. "To this day he has not paid me that dollar and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself."

In the same interview, Taylor said some very important things, which add to the ever-increasing global awareness and zero-tolerance approach of sexual assault and harassment. Here are four points to take note of.

1. Never accept the blame
"My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you. You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you."

2. The fight against sexual assault doesn't stop here
"Even though awareness is higher than ever about workplace sexual harassment, there are still so many people who feel victimised, afraid and silenced by their abusers and circumstances."

3. It's more important now than ever to educate each other
"I think that this moment is important for awareness, for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old. The brave women and men who have come forward this year have all moved the needle in terms of letting people know that this abuse of power shouldn't be tolerated."

4. Anyone can be a victim
"Going to court to confront this type of behaviour is a lonely and draining experience, even when you win, even when you have the financial ability to defend yourself."

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