4 important things Taylor Swift said about sexual assault and harassment

Ruben Ruiz
December 8, 2017

(Mueller still denies any wrongdoing and says he might file an appeal.) The case received worldwide attention - but the most-discussed aspect of the trial was Swift's very blunt testimony, as Mueller's lawyer, Gabe McFarland, questioned her on the stand about whether the DJ actually groped her. When Swift was included as one of the Silence Breakers in Time magazine's Person of the Year issue on Wednesday (Dec. 6) she said Mueller had yet to make good on that settlement.

She also won a high-profile lawsuit against a former radio host who allegedly groped her in 2013-a significant achievement that has risked getting lost amid all the celebrity drama that surrounds the star.

Swift, who was named one of the Silence Breakers, TIME's Person of the Year, spoke to the magazine about her August 10 testimony in the suit.

She told Time that she thinks the courageous women and men who speak up about their abuse have moved the needle, but it still has a long way to go.

If you are familiar with all of the hidden messages in Taylor's legendary "Look What You Made Me Do" music video, then you may know the significance of the single dollar bill floating in the bathtub of riches she sits in.

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"She said: "When the jury found in my favour, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1".

For Swift fans and skeptics alike, the contradictions are hard to reconcile: Swift is honored as a "silence breaker" while remaining conspicuously silent on most contentious political subjects (those that threaten her livelihood). But, it's an entirely different thing to diminish the kind of courage it takes for a woman to face her assaulter in open court and win. "In that moment, I made a decision to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened".

Taylor further added: "To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself". Why should I be polite?

Before this movement began, though, there was already someone in 2017 publicly dealing with a sexual assault trial: Taylor Swift. At first, everyone thought that Taylor was suing him. "I spoke to Kesha on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process", Swift told Time. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant.

"My advice [to sexual assault survivors] is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you", she said.

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