ICYMI, the jury on Taylor Swift‘s court case found that douchey DJ David Mueller was guilty of assaulting the singer during a 2013 meet-and-greet. Swifty may be best known as a country and pop singer but she was a rock star during her trial, spouting masterfully shady comebacks in a manner that left no question: she was not there to play; only to win.
After being awarded a symbolic $1, she released a statement once the verdict was revealed, and it was exactly what you’d expect from the singer: professional, and to the point. But if you thought you’d heard the last of her, think again.
“I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies, and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process,” read the statement.
“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,” Swift continued. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
This was the moment Swift was sexually assaulted by Mueller:
Taylor Swift — The ‘Sexual Assault’ Photo I Wanted to Keep Secret (PHOTO) https://t.co/qT5FRZLo4T
— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2016
Despite wanting to keep it a secret, she chose to fight back. And look what happened. Now she plans to donate to worthy causes that will help assault victims come forward; how amazing would it be if whomever coached her could help those who are too afraid to let their own voices be heard?
Baldridge, one of Swift’s lawyers, told the press after the verdict was announced. “I think it’s a new day, because someone with the guts and the courage to stand up with absolutely no upside in doing so — that being Taylor Swift — has told everyone, ‘This is it, the line’s drawn.'” Well said, sir.
Whether you love her or loathe her, you have to give Taylor credit. The role model side of her is shining brightly and she’s earned only admiration and respect, not only for pushing through this, but hopefully inspiring others who have or will endure their own experiences. Swift’s fan base is mostly comprised of young girls who will, sadly, probably encounter moments or situations like this; for them to see that speaking up and fighting back can make a difference may just make the difference in their own stories.