Following her successful verdict in a Colorado grouping trial this week, international pop star Taylor Swift has offered a financial pledge to support groups that help sexual assault victims.
The 27 year old singer has made what officials describe as a “generous donation” to her friend Mariska Hargitay’s (of Law and Order SVU fame) Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission is to educate, support and campaign on sexual violence issues.
“Joyful Heart is honoured to be recognised by Taylor Swift for our work on behalf of and in service to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse,” the organisation said in a statement.
Swift’s court case surrounding allegations that a radio DJ David Mueller had assaulted her while posing for a photo in 2013. The federal jury found that the DJ was in fact guilty of the offence, and Swift was awarded $US1 in symbolic damages. During the hearing, Swift delivered unflinching testimony, saying that she wanted to help other women make their voices heard. “I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is anyway my fault because it isn’t,” Swift said under cross-examination.
Swift hopes that her donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation will help other sexual assault victims defence themselves. The Foundation was set up by Hargitay in 2004 with the aim of alleviating the isolation felt by domestic abuse and sexual assault victims. “I hope that Taylor’s very public experience – and her decision to speak out – not only helps empower other victims to speak up and take action, but offers them solidarity,” Hargitay said in a statement.