Swift felt ‘violated’ by the attack.
According to New York Magazine, 14 women have come forward accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual assault. After coming out, these women have been smeared and victim-shamed by Trump’s campaign and the media. Their treatment is emblematic of the way many sexual assault survivors are re-victimized by the legal system, and why many choose to remain silent. That’s why Taylor Swift’s recently-released deposition against a man who sexually assaulted her is so important.
In 2015, Swift was sued by Denver radio DJ David Mueller for slander after he lost his job at KYGO radio. Mueller claims that Swift falsely accused him of groping her during a June 2013 pre-concert meet-and-greet. After his suit was filed, Swift promptly countersued Mueller for assault and battery for the groping incident. A court transcript from Swift’s July deposition has recently surfaced showing her bravely speaking out against her attacker. “Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo,” Swift said, “he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.”
Swift went on to detail the emotional distress caused by the incident: “I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before,” Swift said. “A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you’re supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned.”
As many as as 85 percent of sexual assaults go unreported because survivors believe it opens them up to being re-victimized. As a role model to countless young women, Swift’s brave decision is important because it shows them not be intimidated by their attackers or the judicial system. Swift has announced that she will donate any proceeds from the case to charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault.