Why Taylor Swift’s $1 Sexual Assault Lawsuit is Huge for Women Everywhere

This case is making headlines not only because of the people involved, but because of how unusual this type of lawsuit is. According to Jane Anderson, attorney advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, this kind of case wouldn’t set a legal precedent but it can send a “bigger, broader message about groping.” This is significant because many victims who experience groping, verbal harassment, and inappropriate touch don’t feel empowered to pursue legal action, says Laura Palumbo, communications director at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.


As for the $1, Anderson says a person might sue for such a small amount of damages because the defense team often argues that a person is suing for money. “By suing for so little money, you’re probably trying to quash that narrative and make that completely unlikely,” she says.