Taylor Swift made a huge donation to Mariska Hargitay’s charity to end sexual violence
It’s been an emotional, yet powerful week for one of our favorite singers. After winning her court case against former radio host David Mueller, Taylor Swift made a big donation to a charity that helps victims of sexual violence and assault. The organization in question is called the Joyful Heart Foundation. It was started up by actress Mariska Hargitay, who’s known best for her work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In fact, the show helped inspire Hargitay to start the foundation. After both reading scripts surrounding the topic, and getting fan mail from people who were assaulted in the past, Hargitay wanted to make a change in the world. The foundation has been around since 2004.
"Taylor is aware of the Joyful Heart Foundation and follows our work," Maile M. Zambuto, CEO of the Joyful Heart Foundation, said to The Huffington Post. "Her team got in touch with me and we talked a lot about her commitment, all along throughout this ordeal, to wanting to be of service to survivors."
We find this to be incredibly heartwarming. And we’re so glad that Swift is shining a light on how big of an issue sexual assault really is.
Swift spent some time this month in court after alleging that Mueller groped her at a meet and greet back in 2013. On Monday, the jury found Mueller liable for assault and battery with a unanimous verdict.
Financially, Swift was only looking for a dollar from the lawsuit . Sending the message that assault should never be tolerated was the real reward.
This is a big win for Swift, as well as those who have also felt the pain of sexual assault.