Taylor Swift Opens Up To Fans About Her Sexual Assault Trial One Year Later

"We have so, so, so much further to go."

One year after Taylor Swift won her sexual assault case against former radio DJ David Mueller, the singer gave an emotional speech at Tuesday's Tampa concert. She spoke about the importance of believing survivors and thanked fans for their support.

Swift accused Mueller of groping her during a meet-and-greet in 2013. After being fired from his radio station, Mueller sued Swift for $3 million. She then countersued for $1 and won a jury trial in Denver. "I'm not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn't," she was quoted as saying during her testimony.

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"I just think about all the people that weren't believed, or the people who haven't been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they don't think they will be believed," Swift told the crowd in Tampa, according to Entertainment Tonight.

"And I just want to say that I'm sorry to everyone who ever wasn't believed because I don't know what turn my life would have taken if people hadn't believed in me when I said that something happened," she continued. "I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go and I'm grateful to you guys for being there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life."

After her court victory last year, Swift promised to donate to organizations helping sexual assault survivors. She later made a "generous" donation to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

"You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you," Swift told survivors in a Time magazine interview last year.

On Tuesday night, Swift thanked fans for sharing their own "hard times" with her when she meets them, adding, "I just want to say I'm so happy to see you and to have you and to know you through the ups and the downs of my life. So, thank you for everything."

It's not the first meaningful speech Swift has shared with fans during her Reputation tour. During Pride Month, she praised her "brave" LGBTQ fans in Chicago, and later said it was an "honor" to play in Manchester after witnessing the city's response to last year's terrorist attack.

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