Taylor Swift at the Met Gala in New York, in May 2016 (Photo: Justin Lane, EPA)
As she promised, Taylor Swift has started giving money to charities for sex-assault victims (nạn nhân bị xâm hại tình dục) — not that it's any of our business.
As per her policy, Swift was not commenting Thursday on what she's giving or to whom she is giving it, although her recipients are free to announce it publicly if they choose.
So far, only one of the lucky recipients (người nhận), Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, has confirmed it will get a donation from Swift, according to a statement from Hargitay, best known for her longtime role (vai diễn) as a New York sex-crimes detective (thám tử điều tra) on Law & Order: SUV and the namesake (cùng tên, trùng tên) of the singer's cat.
On Monday, after Swift won the whole enchilada — total victory (chiến thắng triệt để)— in her groping (sàm sỡ) trial in Denver, she released a statement vowing (thề) to spread her largess to organizations that help victims of sexual assault.
After a two-year court battle over dueling lawsuits and a six-day trial, a jury (bồi thẩm đoàn) sided with Swift who accused an ex-Denver radio DJ of groping her during a photo op in 2013.
Although she sought (yêu cầu) and won only a symbolic $1, Swift is a multi-millionaire who keeps mum (giữ im lặng, giữ kín) about her philanthropy (hoạt động từ thiện) and her visits to hospitals.
"I acknowledge (biết ơn, nhìn nhận) the privilege (đặc ân) that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder (gánh vác) the enormous cost (chi phí to lớn) of defending myself in a trial like this," she said in her statement late Monday. "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."
Swift said she wanted to use her experience to demonstrate to other women that they could fight back against sex abuse (lạm dụng tình dục), even if not in criminal court and even if they are not global pop superstars.
Mariska Hargitay at Nantucket Film Festival on June 22, 2017 in Nantucket, Mass.
(Photo: Noam Galai, (Credit too long, see caption))
On Thursday, the Joyful Heart Foundation said it was "honored to be recognized" by Swift for its work helping survivors (những nạn nhân sống sót) of domestic abuse (bạo lực gia đình), sexual assault and child abuse (ngược đãi trẻ em).
Inspired by her day job, Hargitay said she founded the organization with a mission to transform society’s response to survivors.
"The experience of sexual assault and domestic violence can be extremely isolating (cô lập). One of the most important points we make to survivors is this: You are not alone," Hargitay said in the statement.
"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."
Maile Zambuto, the CEO of Joyful Heart and a survivor herself of sexual violence, also hailed Swift in a statement for calling needed attention to victims.
"I am deeply grateful to Taylor Swift for her courage to speak out and her generous investment in many deserving organizations, including Joyful Heart," she said. "Taylor's actions send a powerful message to survivors everywhere: You matter. What happens to you matters. And you are not alone."
So far, no other organizations have yet come forward but more are expected.
Although Swift never comments about her philanthropy, typically word leaks out on social media because recipients are so delighted (vui mừng), especially kids in hospital beds, when she turns up (xuất hiện, lộ diện) and poses for selfies.
Last summer, when Swift was in Australia with her then-beau, actor Tom Hiddleston, she went to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, capital city of Queensland, to visit a clutch of sick kids. They were thrilled and so was the hospital.
"Thank you Taylor Swift for dropping by the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital today for a surprise visit #TaylorSwift," the hospital tweeted at the time.
Also last summer, Swift donated $1 million to Louisiana flood (lũ lụt) relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people. She told the Associated Press about her plan as a means to encourage more donations other others.