BACK­ING TAY­LOR SWIFT

Sup­port for singer in as­sault law­suit

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

I read with great ap­pre­ci­a­tion your ed­i­to­rial in sup­port of Tay­lor Swift’s de­ci­sion not to set­tle the law­suit brought against her by a ra­dio talk show host.

One of the things that struck me most as the newly elected district at­tor­ney for Den­ver is the num­ber of sex­ual as­sault cases that we file. Granted, Ms. Swift did not re­port the in­ci­dent to law en­force­ment, but her will­ing­ness to stand up to al­leged sex­ual abuse is com­mend­able and will hope­fully en­cour­age other women who have suf­fered un­wanted sex­ual in­dig­ni­ties to come for­ward.

As your ed­i­to­rial pointed out, it is em­bar­rass­ing and dif­fi­cult for vic­tims of this type of be­hav­ior to re­port and go through the com­pli­cated crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. Some may say, what’s the big deal — a hand up the skirt? An un­wanted hand up the skirt and a grab of the bot­tom is sex­ual as­sault and should be ac­knowl­edged as such whether you are an in­ter­na­tional su­per­star or any wo­man.

I urge all women to make crim­i­nal re­ports in these sit­u­a­tions. Without coura­geous women re­port­ing, these crimes will con­tinue. Ku­dos to Tay­lor Swift for say­ing she won’t put up with this be­hav­ior and to The Den­ver Post for rec­og­niz­ing it.

Beth Mc­cann, Den­ver

The writer is district at­tor­ney of Den­ver.

Tay­lor Swift is so brave to con­front her al­leged as­sailant. It sad­dens me that any­one could sex­u­ally as­sault some­one in the first place, but then have the com­plete au­dac­ity to com­pound the wrong they did to the vic­tim by su­ing them.

It also dis­gusts me that so many make crude jokes about Swift’s or­deal. It is pre­cisely this kind of mean-spir­ited at­ti­tude that makes judges and ju­ries dis­mis­sive of vic­tims’ tes­ti­mony. It also dis­cour­ages vic­tims from even re­port­ing the crime, know­ing they could be blamed and ridiculed, rather than given the trust and sup­port that they de­serve.

I am a 54-year-old man, so I am not the typ­i­cal “Swiftie,” but I am a huge fan, not just be­cause of her amaz­ing tal­ent, but be­cause of the won­der­ful and in­spi­ra­tional per­son that she is. She has helped me cope with men­tal ill­ness, in­clud­ing PTSD, due to be­ing mo­lested as a child.

Brian Keith Hen­drick­son, Min­neapo­lis

The Post ed­i­to­rial prais­ing Tay­lor Swift’s stand re­gard­ing her own­er­ship of her body re­minds me of ba­sic train­ing in the Army.

While the drill in­struc­tors yelled and drove us without end, they also re­spected that part of us. When in­spect­ing our uni­forms while we stood at rigid at­ten­tion in for­ma­tion they would ask “May I touch you?” be­fore straight­en­ing or re­ar­rang­ing. It was un­think­able that we would de­cline, of course, but it sent a clear mes­sage of def­er­ence and bound­aries.

Re­gard­less of the facts in the Swift case, the mes­sage to be learned is the same: re­spect.

Harry Puncec, Lake­wood

Den­ver Post file

Tay­lor Swift per­forms at the Pepsi Cen­ter in Den­ver on June 2, 2013. Swift is be­ing sued by for­mer Boul­der ra­dio host David Mueller, who lost his job af­ter she ac­cused him of grop­ing her be­fore the con­cert.

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