Taylor Swift Is Donating Money to Detective Benson’s Foundation
Post-court case, Taylor Swift is donating to Detective Olivia Benson’s sexual assault foundation.
After winning her sexual harassment trial against former radio DJ David Mueller on 14 Aug. Taylor Swift told CNN that she wants to help support survivors of sexual assault by “making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."
According to E!, the pop star has already delivered on her promise by donating a “generous” amount to Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by Swift’s close friend and Law & Order: SVU legend, Mariska Hargitay. On Thursday morning, Hargitay tweeted her gratitude, writing: “For sharing your story, your resources, your time, your voice."
Hargitay was reportedly inspired to create the foundation back in 2004 when her role as Detective Olivia Benson on Special Victims Unit encouraged viewers to reach out to Hargitay personally with their stories of survival.
According to the Joyful Heart website, working on the show opened Hargitay's eyes to the epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. From the very beginning, Joyful Heart has aimed to “transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.” Yes, please.
Considering their close friendship, shared activism around sexual assault, and the fact that Swift’s pet cat is literally named after Detective Olivia Benson, it makes perfect sense that Swift would start making good on her promise this way.
Hopefully we’ll see the singer make similar contributions to equally amazing foundations, like End Rape On Campus (EROC) and The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), but we can all agree that Joyful Heart is a great place to start. Good job, T Swift.
Words: Elizabeth Enochs