Opinion

Thursday 22 February 2018

If groping sounds innocent enough, how does sexual assault grab you?

Swift's court case and a campaign against 'upskirting' suggest the troubles women face, writes Sophie Donaldson

Speaking out: Taylor Swift alleged she was sexually assaulted by a radio station DJ. Picture: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Speaking out: Taylor Swift alleged she was sexually assaulted by a radio station DJ. Picture: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

Taylor Swift, pop megastar and Victoria's Secret 'squad' mobiliser, is currently embroiled in a court battle in Denver with radio DJ David Mueller.

He had sued her for $3m in damages, saying Swift's claim that he placed his hand under her skirt and grabbed her buttocks at a backstage meet-and-greet led to his dismissal from radio station KYGO.

Swift countersued (for a token $1), alleging sexual assault in a case that intends to send the message that no woman should have to keep quiet about being touched inappropriately.

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