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Taylor Swift speaks out about trial

Taylor Swift is on the cover of TIME's Person of the Year, as part of the group of women they deemed the "silence breakers."


Emily Treadgold


TIME's person of the year was actually a group of people, women who have spoken out against sexual assault and harassment. Taylor Swift appeared on the cover for her trial against former radio D.J. David Mueller. Swift recounts the story, saying Mueller reached under her skirt and grabbed her. She reported the incident and he was fired, when he sued her for defamation she retaliated with a symbolic $1 lawsuit.

When asked if she felt bad that he lost his job, she said, Im not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault. Here we are years later, and Im being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisionsnot mine. Having one of the biggest names in music have made a very public stand against sexual assault was a huge moment in the music industry.

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. 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 shouldnt be tolerated.

In her interview with TIME she says she wanted to protect other female artists. She says, "I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance." She brought up the amount of blame society puts on victims and she emphasizes that it's not their fault, saying, "My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you."

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