Some good news, not just for Taylor Swift, but for women everywhere who are forced to live with the indignity and injustice of sexual assault. She has won her case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a concert in 2013.
The jury in Denver, Colorado, found Mueller guilty of assaulting Swift by
grabbing her bottom underneath her skirt during a photoshoot during the Denver leg of her Red tour.
She was awarded the symbolic $1 in damages she had asked for.
Mueller originally attempted to sue Swift, whose claims he said had led to his sacking from his radio job. However, his lawsuit was thrown out by a judge last week.
The jury rejected similar claims Mueller had made against Taylor’s mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell.
“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” Swift said in a statement following the verdict.
“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
It’s worth noting for British readers that sexual assault survivors in the UK do not have to pay court fees if their case is heard in a crown court. Nor should any survivor have to defend themselves. It is up to the alleged perpetrator to prove their innocence, not the other way around.
Here’s hoping that Swift’s brave decision to take Mueller to court will inspire other women to have the courage to do the same.