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Taylor Swift Makes “Generous” Donation to to Mariska Hargitay’s Charity Aiding Sexual Assault Survivors 

Posted: 2:54 pm Thursday, August 17th, 2017

By mjonbli

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Taylor Swift took a win in court on Monday against former Colorado DJ, David Mueller.  On Monday evening, the Grammy-winning singer announced in a statement that she’d be donating some of her fortune to charities that aid the survivors of sexual assault. This morning, Taylor kept her promise, making an undisclosed bu generous donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation, which the organization confirmed. “Joyful Heart is honored to be recognized by Taylor Swift for our work on behalf of and in service to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.”  “The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light.” On Monday night, the 27-year-old released a statement after her big win in court. “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” she said. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves,” the chart-topping songstress added.  The singer has been a long time admirer of the foundation’s president & founder, Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unitstar Mariska Hargitay, who plays NYPD sex crimes unit detective Olivia Benson on the longstanding NBC show.  Swift even named her cat after Hargiaty’s character on the show.  Mariska’s mom,  Jayne Mansfield, has even made a cameo on stage during one of Taylor’s 1989 Tour shows. It seems quite fitting that Swift would make one of her first donations to Emmy winner’s charity. “Inspired by my role on Law & Order: SVU, I founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization with the mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever,” Hargitay tells E! News in a statement. “The experience of sexual assault and domestic violence can be extremely isolating. One of the most important points we make to survivors is this: you are not alone. I hope that Taylor’s very public experience—and her decision to speak out—not only helps empower other victims to speak up and take action, but offers them solidarity. I’m honored by her dedication and commitment to these issues, and I’m deeply grateful for her support of the Joyful Heart Foundation.” The foundation was founded in 2004 by Hargitay after countless survivors wrote to the actress about their personal stories of sexual violence. As a result, Hargitay formed the foundation to help victims in the hope to “end this violence forever,” according to the foundation’s website. Hargitay reacted to the donation digitally, tweeting, “For sharing your story, your resources, your time, your voice: @taylorswift13 you are a force. #grateful for you.” Taylor’s hope in her donations is that victims won’t feel alone.

 

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