Taylor Swift has won pretty much every accolade that can be bestowed upon a recording artist. But it’s a safe bet that being included as one of Time’s Persons of the Year is something she is perhaps most proud of, especially given the context. Swift is among a group of people Time has dubbed “The Silence Breakers,” who have spoken out about being victims of sexual harassment and assault. Swift’s own struggle was a harbinger of the #MeToo movement sparked by women like Ashley Judd and #MeToo creator Tarana Burke, and her courage no doubt emboldened the women and men who would begin to come forward in droves and continue to do so.
In 2013, Swift was assaulted by a Denver radio DJ named David Mueller when he brazenly groped her while taking a photo during a meet and greet. Swift immediately reported the incident to the radio station and Mueller was fired. Mueller then leveled a lawsuit against Swift for defamation. Swift countersued for a symbolic $1 and after grueling cross-examinations and testifying herself, won the countersuit. Mueller has yet to pay her but her actions certainly paved the way for others to come forward. You can read Taylor Swift's interview with Time here.