Anyone who has ever been through legal proceedings as a victim will know it becomes part of you. Trying to simply move on from the event, or the challenges brought forward by the legal case can be challenging in the extreme. For many of us, it’s simply too hard to do anything other than quietly celebrate the success of our trial. To get through the other side knowing that you proved beyond all doubt that you were the party in the right is a fleeting but immensely powerful feeling. For Taylor Swift, that feeling came around not too long ago.
The pop star has been in the headlines for many reasons, mostly good. However, she was someone who underwent a horrifying sexual assault case from 2013, when she was assaulted by a man at a meet and greet event. After the man in question, radio DJ David Mueller, was accused by Swift of grabbing her underneath her skirt, he was fired from his role.
Mueller, in response, filed a lawsuit against Swift, wanting around $3m in compensation for damages. Losing the case, Swift counter-sued him for a symbolic sum of $1, to serve as “example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts”.
As someone who spends far less time doing interviews and media trash compared to other media personalities, Swift often leaves making comments about events going on in her life to her on-stage events. At her recent Reputation Tour¸ she spoke to her fans about the anniversary of her victory.
Speaking Up For Honesty and Integrity
Prior to giving a tremendous performance of “Long Live”, she gave an equally emotive speech (avalible below) about what she had gone through to get to this point. Speaking about how society often mistreats victims of sexual assault, she opened up and opined – with great wisdom and detail – about what she had gone through. Her full speech reads:
“This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado, and I was there for a sexual assault case. This day a year ago was the day the jury decided in my favor, and said that they believed me. I’m don’t want to– I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed.
“I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who wasn’t believed, because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if people didn’t believe me when I said that something had happened to me. I guess I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go, and I am so grateful to you guys for being there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life. I just wanted to say that, and I wanted to thank you for everything.
“I know that when I meet you guys at meet and greets before and after the shows, you tell me about the hard times you’ve gone through in your lives, and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information. You guys have seen me go through so many ups and downs in my life, just due to the public nature of the way my life is, and I’m just so happy to see you and to have you and to know you through the ups and downs of my life.
“Thank you for everything. I’m sorry, I just haven’t really talked about it, so I’m just not composed at all. A while ago, I wrote a song that’s about how I feel when you guys come together and are so wonderfully supportive and incredible. For me, this song is always going to be about you. Ups and downs, win or lose, you guys have always been there for me. So thank you for that.”
Awesome, right? Proof that she isn’t just a fantastic singer, but a tremendous personality as well.
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