Recently, Taylor Swift was awarded $1 in her lawsuit against a Colorado
DJ who grabbed her rear-end during a fan meet and greet. Swift’s
decision to file a countersuit against the DJ is important for two reasons.
First, Swift’s case shows that any individual, regardless of fame,
status, or money, can be a victim of sexual harassment. It is commonly
believed that only the average individual is sexually harassed and those
with the advantages in life that Swift admits she has. By coming forward
with her claim, Swift has disproved a commonly held belief about sexual
harassment and has also empowered many people to come forward with their
own experience of sexual harassment.
Second, by pursuing her own lawsuit and refusing to be blamed for the DJ’s
inappropriate behavior, Swift has encouraged many people to report the
sexual harassment that they have either gone through or are currently
going through. Often, victims of sexual harassment do not report these
incidents for a multitude of reasons. For example, victims may feel embarrassed,
fear retaliation, or just wish that incident never happened. For whatever
the reason, Swift’s testimony and lawsuit exposes the lack of reporting
in society. Swift’s refusal to allow her harasser get away with
his behavior has provided other victims with encouragement to stand up
for themselves and to stop the harassment from continuing.
So, if you or anyone you know believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment,
it is important to report the incident to someone. If you have questions
about a potential sexual harassment occurring in your workplace, please
feel free to call the number listed on this website.
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