Pop star Taylor Swift may have lost more than a few fans over recent issues–the most recent one being a feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. But this time, her name is making headlines once again, but for a completely different reason.
Just last week, Swift delivered a firm testimony during a civil trial that described a “horrifying and shocking” incident. Former radio DJ David Mueller allegedly groped her at a backstage meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center on June 2013.
“What Mr. Mueller did was very intentional,” the star went on, even going into the details on what the KYGO DJ did. “I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass”, she adds.
In 2013, Swift’s team told KYGO officials about the incident, and the station fired Mueller two days after its investigation. Two years later, however, the former DJ denied the accusation and sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell. What Swift is doing in response is seeking a mere dollar in damages. According to her lawsuit, she hopes that what she does serves “as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts”.
Every day, girls go through similar experiences, but they often go unreported. The U.S. Department of Justice states that only 20% of female student victims, age 18-24, report sexual violence to law enforcement.
Here, we start to realize that by using her public platform–Swift seems very much aware of her 102 million Instagram followers and 85.4 million Twitter followers–the star is opening up a conversation about how unacceptable these kinds of actions are. It has been reported that experts hope for a positive impact after seeing a huge celebrity speak up about sexual assault.
Whether you consider yourself a Swift fan or not, one can only wish the best for the star and the effect of her actions. Hopefully, they help send a message to young girls to always speak up.
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