During the aftermath of Taylor Swift‘s sexual assault case, she has chosen to reflect on her testimony against David Mueller. The 27-year-old pop-star accused the former DJ of groping her under her skirt during a 2013 meet-and-greet and her accusations resulted in him losing his job. He then sued her for millions, so she filed a countersuit for a symbolic one dollar, which she won.
While Taylor has been noticeably silent after the case (and after the release of her new album, Reputation) the singer recently gave a candid interview to Time who recently honored her as a “Person of the Year.”
“People have been largely very supportive of my story since the trial began in August, but before that, I spent two years reading headlines referring to it as ‘The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case’ with internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me,” she explained. “The details were all skewed, as they often are. Most people thought I was suing him. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant.”
It’s true that even after her win, and being given this honor, some people still criticize her about the case. One Twitter user tweeted, “Did we really need Taylor Swift in here though?” in response to the cover. Fellow star Sophie Turner (who is also engaged to her ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas, but that’s neither here nor there) came to her defense tweeting a simple, “Yes.”
Now, please allow me to put in my own two cents for just a moment. It’s one thing to dislike Taylor’s music, to hate her personality, outfit choices, or even who she dates. But, it’s an entirely different thing to diminish the kind of courage it takes for a woman to face her assaulter in open court and win. You don’t have to like Taylor Swift, but you do need to respect what she did, what that means to women, and that she too has a place in the #MeToo movement.
“I think that this moment is important for awareness, for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old,” she continued. “The brave women and men who have come forward this year have all moved the needle in terms of letting people know that this abuse of power shouldn’t be tolerated.” That’s right, it shouldn’t and it won’t.