After Winning Her Own Case, Taylor Swift Vows To Help Victims Of Sexual Assault

"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard."

Taylor Swift won a victory Monday in her sexual assault case against former radio DJ David Mueller, whom she accused of groping her bare backside while posing for a photo during a meet-and-greet in June 2013.

In 2015, Mueller sued Swift for $3 million after he was fired from his radio station shortly after the incident. Swift countersued for only $1 and asked for a jury trial, which took place last week in Denver. According to CNN, Mueller claimed that he hadn't touched Swift inappropriately, but Swift was adamant in her account of the groping, which her bodyguard and photographer testified to witnessing.



"I'm not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn't," Swift was quoted as saying during her testimony, earning praise from many who recognized the case as an opportunity for the 27-year-old singer to speak out against assault and harassment, and give a voice to other women who have been through similar situations.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez threw out Mueller's lawsuit against Swift, citing insufficient evidence. Then on Monday, after nearly four hours of deliberation, the jury ruled in Swift's favor, requiring Mueller to pay the symbolic $1 in damages. 

According to the Huffington Post, Swift's lawyer Douglas Baldridge said in closing arguments that the single dollar held "immeasurable value," adding, "It means no means no. And it tells every woman that they will determine what is tolerated with their body."

Swift herself made a statement regarding her victory, thanking those involved and sharing, "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. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard."

To that end, Swift promised to make donations "in the near future" to organizations which "help sexual assault victims defend themselves." Her comments were applauded by many on social media, including late-night host James Corden, whose tweet calling the statement "brilliant" has received more than 21,000 likes as of this writing.

Prior to the announcement of Swift's victory, fellow singer Kesha tweeted her own support, telling Swift she admired her "strength and fearlessness," adding that "truth is always the answer." Notably, in February 2016, Swift donated $250,000 to help Kesha with her own legal battle music producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual assault.

Court documents from Swift's countersuit against Mueller reportedly stated that it was intended to "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts." The singer's victory, and her dedication to helping other victims, have added to that example, and sent an important message to a large audience that these acts will not be tolerated.

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