Taylor Swift urges women not to feel blamed for waiting to report sexual assault
Taylor Swift wasn’t going to be bullied or made to feel like she was to blame for being sexually assaulted by a Denver DJ in 2013.
The famous singer opened up about her trial against David Mueller for the first time in an interview with Time magazine after she was placed on the cover for the 2017 Person of the Year: the #MeToo movement.
Swift was initially the defendant in the case, being sued by Mueller, who felt he was unjustly let go from his job. The Bad Blood singer countersued for US$1 – and won.
Now a voice for the movement as identified by Time, Swift urged her fans not to feel blamed, as she did.
“You might be made to feel like you’re overreacting, because society has made this stuff seem so casual. My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you,” she told the magazine in a message to her diehard fans.
“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.”
Swift agreed that the #MeToo movement and the countless powerful men who have been taken down and exposed for sexual harassment prove “important for awareness.”
The 27-year-old star declared that Mueller has yet to pay her the $1.
“I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.”
Swift, who testified in August, said she received an outpouring of support in her case.
“My mum was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand. I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened,” she told Time.
“This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mum. Why should I be polite?”
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She spoke of the importance of coming forward out of fear of what Mueller could do to someone more vulnerable.
“I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance,” Swift said.