Renowned lyricist Taylor Swift has more than just a shelf of Grammy Awards. The American business magazine, Forbes, ranks Swift at the very top of the list. She beats twenty-nine other musicians such as: Adele, Madonna, and Rihanna with an accumulated salary of $170 million dollars in 2016. Even her Instagram account garners close to 100 million followers, but her fans are more than just a mass of likes and comments. When news outlets relayed that Swift was sexually assaulted by the DJ David Mueller, the allegation incited outrage.

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Unsolicited sexual advances

As a victim of sexual harassment, the embarrassment and shame that follows is overpowering. Helplessness and regret loom like storm clouds, and millions of young men and women feel naked against the constant attacks. Remember that sexual harassment and assault are punishable crimes, and anything from dirty looks to offensive language, to deplorable behavior are important enough to report. In Swift's case, she affirms that Mueller groped her under her skirt.

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The violation occurred before her concert in 2013, but Mueller denies the accusation. According to Jezebel, he states, "My hand was not touching her body...my hand was never under her skirt. I never grabbed her. My hand was not open." Unfortunately for him, Swift's recollection paints a different picture. Her taped confession calmly asserts his actions. She says, "It was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life."

Seek help swiftly

If you or a family member, friend, or acquaintance are suffering at the hands of another individual, always seek help.

If the torment happens at school, talk to a trusted adviser; if the problem begins at work, notify the boss; if the issue stems at home, tell a dependable adult. A useful app, Hollaback!, is an effective tool against street harassment. It diminishes the stigmatization and silence that accompanies these unlawful acts, and it is a beneficial coping mechanism following the trauma one experiences.

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