Taylor Swift Just Donated to Sexual Assault Survivors in a Big Way After Groping Trial
Here’s why that matters.
After winning a token $1 settlement in her sexual assault case against former radio DJ David Mueller on Monday, “Fearless” singer Taylor Swift announced that she would donate to “multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
Today, Swift announced the first organization that she would be donating to, People Magazine reports, and it’s run by a friend and fellow actress: Mariska Hargitay. It’s called the Joyful Heart Foundation, and it works to heal sexual assault victims through workshops and advocate for justice for survivors.
While the exact size of the donation was not specified, the CEO of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Maile M. Zambuto, called it an “extremely generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence.”
Swift’s announcement comes three days after her attacker was found guilty of assault and battery for groping the singer at an event in 2013.
“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 said Monday after the trial. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard.”
The actress is certainly putting her money where her mouth is. And she’s not the first.
The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded in 2004, has received nearly $150 million in donations, and serves 18,500 people through its healing programs, according to its website. The organization also advocates for the testing of rape kits, which often are backlogged in courts across the country — preventing assault victims from securing justice against their abusers.
According to the Joyful Heart Foundation’s “End the Backlog” initiative, there are currently more than 175,000 untested rape kits across the country.
Global Citizen advocates against sexual violence against women around the world, including the #LevelTheLaw campaign, which urges governments to update their laws relating to rape, sexual violence, and abuse.
Swift, for her part, is playing a big role in helping victims of sexual assault, abuse, and domestic violence to become “fearless” fighters for change.