A year after Taylor Swift’s groping trial, the singer is still speaking out.
In an emotional speech given during her show in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, Swift sat on a piano bench and reflected on her rollercoaster of a year — which included the 2017 lawsuit she won against radio host David Mueller after he groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013.
“A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa. I was in a court room in Denver, Colorado,” she began, “and honestly I was there for a sexual assault case and this day a year ago was the day that the jury sided in my favor and said that they believe in me.”
“I guess I just think about the people who weren’t believed, and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think that they won’t be believed,” Swift continued.
“I just want to say that I’m sorry to everyone who wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if people didn’t believe in me when I said that something had happened to me. I guess I just wanted to say that we have so much further to go and I’m so grateful for you guys for being there for me for what was a really horrible part of my life,” she shared.
Swift went on to thank fans for opening their lives to her and for sticking with her through ups and downs. In a show of support, fans shared photos of $1 bills (or the equivalent currency) — a reference to the amount Mueller was mandated to pay Swift after the lawsuit.
I don’t have a dollar but I am proud of @taylorswift13 today because she stood up for other victims and herself. She’s the bravest woman I know. I’m so inspired by her. Thank you, T for giving me strength to leave a job that allowed SH to happen to me. You are a hero. #metoo pic.twitter.com/YHd4kvhd44
— allie. (@g0ldcage) August 15, 2018
one dollar, one year ago.@taylorswift13, i am endlessly proud of you for standing up for yourself and never backing down. thank you for giving a voice to me and so many others. thank you for giving me a light in the dark and helping me find strength i didn’t know i had. #metoo pic.twitter.com/Gi2WXQ50HU
— abigail | nashville (@champagnesea__) August 15, 2018
1 year. 1 dollar. 1 woman’s life changed. 1 court ruling in favor of the victim. @taylorswift had the courage to speak up. Proud is an understatement & it is incredibly empowering to see a woman take on the patriarchy. As Taylor once said, “Speak Now” because justice is served ? pic.twitter.com/YOYRtvTvlH
— Liv Loves Demi ? (@oliviacasanova) August 15, 2018
In 2017, Swift shared her story with TIME as part of its #MeToo movement coverage.
“I think that this moment is important for awareness, for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old,” she told the magazine at the time. “The brave women and men who have come forward this year have all moved the needle in terms of letting people know that this abuse of power shouldn’t be tolerated.”