A couple of months before the accusations against Harvey Weinstein were made public, Taylor Swift dealt with her own case of sexual assault. Because he stood up and testified against his stalker in court, Swift is one of TIME & # 39; s Silence Breakers. The Silence Breakers have been named the Person of the Year for the magazine in 2017, as these brave women and men from different backgrounds and professions have denounced sexual harassment and assault. TIME credits these people as "the voices that launched a movement," and does not need more proof of that than Swift's Person of the Year interview. In his first interview since the trial, Swift indicates how much The Silence Breakers has drastically changed the public's perception of sexual assault.
In 2013, Swift accused Denver DJ David Mueller of sticking his hand under her skirt. She reported the incident to the radio station and Mueller was fired. But the DJ said Swift's accusation was false and filed a lawsuit against the singer in 2015. She challenged Mueller and, on August 10, Swift took the stand to testify before a Denver court about how the man had touched her. inadequately four years before. TIME wrote: "His clear testimony marked one of the main milestones in the conversation about sexual harassment this year."
He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he did not touch it, he touched my arm, he grabbed my naked ass. "#TaylorSwift https://t.co/N2jDVfuzvE
– (@denverpost) #
Swift won her counterclaim against Mueller for $ 1 and was praised for how she handled the situation, however, Swift told TIME that before the trial, the sexual misconduct against her was joked Most of them, Swift said:
"People have supported my story to a large extent since The trial began in August, but before that, I spent two years reading headlines that referred to him as" The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case "with Internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me. The details were all biased, as they often are. Most people thought he was suing him. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant. Once the news came that I was in Denver dealing with this, there was a lot of support on social media and I've never appreciated it more. "
One person in particular who cited how his support was Kesha Swift's fellow artist has been dealing with her own case of sexual assault for years in and out of court because Kesha alleges that music producer Dr. Luke raped and emotionally abused her, Swift said TIME : "I spoke with Kesha on the phone and he really helped talk to someone who had gone through the demoralizing judicial process"
@ taylorswift13 I always support you, and especially right now and I admire your strength and courage. The answer.
– (@kesharose) #
Thanks to people like The Silence Breakers, the conversation about sexual assault has changed dramatically throughout this year, but Swift says that its abuse It was originally referred to as "The Taylor". Swift Butt Gra b Case "is a symbol of how sexual assault and harassment was discussed before now." Before this point in time, affirmations like Swift were often fodder for jokes and not taken seriously. he told TIME : "You may feel that you are overreacting, because society has made this seem so casual." And although some people, like Internet trolls, can still talk cruelly about it, Swift's allegations were legitimate in a court and Mueller's actions were considered an unacceptable transgression.
There is still a long way to go when it comes to sexual harassment and assault and it is discouraging to know that Mueller has not paid him yet. Swift the order of $ 1 by the court, but the awareness of the penetration of sexual assault and the general understanding that this behavior should not be tolerated has grown significantly during the second half of 2017. And with TIME recognizing Silence Breakers as Swift, the way the public talks and deals with sexual assault claims will continue to evolve beyond this year.
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