Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Taylor Swift's rare interview about her sexual assault trial

Taylor Swift's rare interview about her sexual assault trial

So, while there are a number of naysayers who are questioning Taylor's inclusion in the list of Silence Breakers, one just has to appreciate the contribution in motivation and inspiration that Taylor showed this year.'s Leigh Scheps ( has more.

"The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover...along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s", Felsenthal said in a statement.

It's been four months since Taylor Swift won a landmark court victory and a symbolic $1 in the case of whether an ex-radio DJ grabbed her rear end in 2013. Her victory might not have made her any money, but it inspired many to speak up against sexual assault.

"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.

Time wrote that Swift's "clear-eyed testimony marked one of several major milestones in the conversation around sexual harassment this year". When she was named as the defendant at the start of the trial she said there was "an audible gasp in the courtroom", and that's when the support starting pouring in for her from social media and from other celebrities, including a phone call from Kesha who also went to trial against music producer Dr. Luke. Swift appears alongside women like Ashley Judd, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, and Susan Fowler, who came forward with explosive claims about sexism at Uber.

"I want companies to take on a code of conduct, I want companies to hire more women, I want to teach our children better", Milano added.

Donald Trump was the first runner-up. "The overall message to us was that we don't really matter".

"I mean if this is all about women's rights". In the next 48 hours, almost a million people used the #MeToo hashtag. "I know it was him".

Some questioned why Time didn't feature Burke on its cover, her missing face another potential symbol of how the power of #MeToo has accrued to the privileged and powerful.

A Quinnipiac University poll also released on Wednesday found almost half of United States women said they had been sexually assaulted.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Time's 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesman that this year's winners should be thanked for "having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched".

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