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Taylor Swift Makes 'Generous' Donation to Charity for Sexual Assault Victims

"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard," Swift said in a statement after winning her assault lawsuit Monday

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    A jury sided with pop star Taylor Swift in her lawsuit against a former radio host she says groped her during a photo opportunity. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017)

    After Grammy-winning singer Taylor Swift said she would be donating to charities that aid the survivors of sexual assault, she made good on that promise Wednesday by giving an undisclosed but "generous" amount to the Joyful Heart Foundation, the organization confirmed to E! News.

    "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 charity's spokesperson said.

    The Joyful Heart Foundation's mission "is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light," according to the group's website.

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    Taylor Swift Testifies in Groping Assault Case

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    Musician Taylor Swift took the stand, testifying that David Mueller, a former Denver radio DJ, groped as they were posing for a photo.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017)

    Swift won her widely publicized lawsuit against ex-Colorado radio host David Mueller Monday, with the jury finding Mueller assaulted and battered Swift during a pre-concert event in 2013.

    "He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him," Swift testified. "It was a definite grab. A very long grab."

    Swift was awarded a "symbolic" $1, her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said after the verdict.

    On Monday night, Swift released a statement about the meaning of her victory.

    "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.

    Swift also has a connection to the Joyful Heart Foundation's president and founder, "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit" star Mariska Hargitay, who plays NYPD sex crimes unit detective Olivia Benson on the longstanding NBC show.

    The "Shake It Off" singer has been a long admirer of the actress, and Hargitay even made a cameo onstage during one of Swift's "1989" tour concerts.

    The organization was founded in 2004 by Hargitay after countless survivors wrote to the "SVU" actress about their personal stories of sexual violence. Hargitay formed the foundation to help victims in the hope to "end this violence forever," according to the foundation's website.

    "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," the 53-year-old previously told the Huffington Post.