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Stop Victim Blaming Taylor Swift

Not okay.

by Katie Kausch

Wednesday (Oct. 28), Taylor Swift reportedly filed a counterclaim against the former radio DJ who is suing Swift for being fired after allegedly groping the 1989 singer's bottom at a concert.

Let's back up for a minute: In 2013, before the Colorado stop of Swift's Red Tour, radio personality David Mueller and his girlfriend met the pop star at a meet and greet. Afterward, a security guard tracked Mueller down, ejected him and his girlfriend from the arena and banned them from all future Swift concerts for allegedly groping her butt.

Mueller was quickly terminated from the radio station as a result of the incident.

Team Swift says Muller "intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission," according to court documents. Muller says that he was not responsible for the assault, but rather it was a boss of his (and long-time business associate of Swift's) who bragged about groping Swift's bottom.

The court documents also describe Swift as having felt "surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed" following the assault, as well as having been caused "extreme anxiety because she did not know that Mueller, or anyone else, would grope her private and intimate body part."

Understandably, the Internet is not happy about any of this. Except instead of being mad about the fact that Swift was groped while doing her job, some people are blaming or mocking her.

Taylor Swift, a human being, was touched inappropriately and against her will while doing her job -- and people are bringing up the length of her skirt, the size of her bottom or how attractive they find her. Comments like the ones above are flooding news articles, many more graphic than the ones shown here.

This attitude -- "who would even want to touch her butt?" or "she's so ugly" -- reflects the fact that women who speak out about being assaulted are often not taken seriously. If we can't take Swift, a powerful woman, seriously about her assault, think about what happens to all the women who aren't in the same position of fame and power.

It is never -- for any reason, under any circumstances -- acceptable to touch someone like this without their explicit consent. Being a celebrity, or having a certain body type, does not make actions like being groped okay. Fame does not negate the right to personal space and control over one's own body.

Ultimately, it's for the courts to decide what really happened. But no one should be blaming Taylor Swift for her own assault. That was the fault of the assailant alone.

The silver lining to the situation? Should Swift win any money in the lawsuit, she pledged to donate all of it to "charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard." You go, Tay.