Taylor Swift groping trial draws attention to hidden outrage

By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press • AP • Updated: August 12, 2017 at 11:17 am • Published: August 12, 2017

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift's allegation that a former morning radio host reached under her skirt and grabbed her backside during a photo session is bringing attention to a common but largely hidden outrage for many women.

A 2014 survey found nearly 1 in 4 women in the U.S. were groped or brushed up against in public by a stranger at least once.

But many never talked about it, let alone went to police. A 2015 global survey found more than half the respondents outside the U.S. were fondled or groped.

Women around the world are cheering Swift for confronting the issue in federal court.

Former DJ David Mueller denies groping Swift at a 2013 Denver event and sued her, saying the allegation got him fired. Swift is countersuing Mueller and alleges assault.

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